If I want to display a picture of Robert E. Lee in my work cubicle, would you object? If a coworker files a complaint, would you support me? Or, would you want me to take it down, in a show of tolerance?
My son wants to do a book report on Robert E. Lee, which emphasizes the many positive aspects of the man. When the teacher objects, because a student might be offended by hearing about a Confederate, who would you support—the teacher or my son? Would you even get involved in the first place?
My son wants to do a school report on his great-great-great grandfather who fought with Stonewall Jackson and fell at Beaver Dam Creek. When the teacher objects, because a student might be offended by hearing about a Confederate, who would you support—the teacher or my son? Would you even get involved in the first place?
My small, poor town has a statue of a Confederate soldier in the town square. It’s been there for decades. We’ve just been sued by an activist who thinks the statue is offensive. The activist has promised to bankrupt us in legal fees if we don’t tear it down. Should my state’s government help us defend the statue?
One of the cities in my state has a history museum, which devotes part of its display space to the Civil War. It’s a public museum, supported by state funds. When some state legislators threaten to withhold funding for the museum unless it closes down any displays that mention the Confederacy, would you object?
Our local Little League plays its games at John Mosby Park, on Jubal Early Drive. Should the national Little League organization compel the boys and girls to play somewhere else? If activists seek a court injunction preventing the Little League from playing at those parks, would you object? Would you care?