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HEROES OF CIVIL WAR VANISH

There seems to be no end to the effort to re-write history, a topic I have commented on previously. My outrage about the Sierra Club dishonoring one its founders, claiming he was a segregationist, and similar treatment by students at Princeton University condemning President Woodrow Wilson is still boiling over about destruction of U.S. history.

Case in point is the removal of statuary of Civil War heroes from public places in New Orleans. What revisionist group is behind that? A city spokesman cited security risks and said, “The removal of these statues sends a clear and unequivocal message to the people of New Orleans and the nation: New Orleans celebrates our diversity, inclusion and tolerance.”

Oops, is this tolerance? Taking General Robert E. Lee away from a prominent position in Lee traffic circle; removing statues of General Beauregard and Jefferson Davis from public sight are a sign of intolerance as though the Civil War never existed.

Why can’t the descendants of brave men who fought and died for the Confederacy have recognition for their beliefs and just happened to lose? Slavery was a way of life and war since biblical times. The freedom of slaves in the mid-19th century only led to segregation until late in the 20th century and still haunts some segments of American society.

Many of the discredited historic figures are tagged segregationist because of something they wrote at a time when separation of blacks was accepted. Professor Joseph LeConte, a well-known academic and prolific author published the following essay in 1898 that offended the Sierra Club leadership, declaring that the environmental organization could no longer be associated with LeConte. Maybe they should stick to nature and not advocate for racial equality.

Here is a brief quote used by the Sierra Club for the expulsion of Joseph LeConte from club recognition. It is a paper published as one of the professor’s expertise in matching human evolution to current trends of religious rejection of Darwin’s theories.

He wrote, “The Negro has many fine and hopeful qualities. He is plastic, domicile, impressionable, sympathetic, imitative, and therefore in a high degree improvable by contact with a superior race and under suitable conditions. It is doubtful if any other race could have so thrived and improved under slavery as a Negro has done. But, although the Negro by means of slavery has been raised above slavery, it would be a great mistake to suppose that he has yet reached the position of equality with the white race, that unassisted, he found in a free civilized community.”

In 1892 this was not an unusual position of a white person raised in the South before the Civil War. It was the universal custom for large land owners to have slaves to tend their crops. The views expressed above represent the white class of the South who generally provided for their slaves, especially in the LeConte family. However, it was not the social custom of the early 19th century to socialize with African Americans.

Now comes the big surprise about racial equality from the great emancipator himself; Abraham Lincoln. The quote below is from a speech he made before he become president during a period of fierce debate about slavery. The nation was torn politically. New territories were opening up in the West that could change the balance of slave states. Politicians were forced to take sides on the issue in a national effort to avoid the threat of the Confederacy splitting the nation.

“I will say, then; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way, the social and political equality of white and black races; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people…And in as much they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”

Abraham Lincoln – September 18, 1858

Lincoln appears to be more of a segregationist. However, his words are specific enough to encourage the revisionists to tear down the Lincoln Memorial or remove Lincoln’s  statue and rename the landmark “The Acropolis of D.C.”

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