Both my maternal and paternal great-grandfathers were Civil War vets, fighting for the Confederacy.
With that being said, I never laid claim to status as a “proud rebel” or waved a confederate flag.
I appreciate the historical significance of those things related to the Civil War-era, however.
That’s why I’m particularly pleased with this decision by the U.S. Army.
Two streets at Fort Hamilton, in Brooklyn, New York honoring the Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson became the target of Democrat lawmakers in June. They asked that the Army rename those streets, in the ongoing effort to purge that part of our nation’s history.
“After over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive,” Diane Rendon, an official in the Army’s bureau of manpower and reserve affairs, wrote in a July 20 letter. “This is contrary to the nation’s original intent in naming these streets, which was the spirit of reconciliation.”
Great point. You don’t change history by covering it up, and for some people, this matters. It’s part of their heritage and if you attack that heritage, eventually they’ll lash out. It becomes a cycle.
The South already lost the war (of Northern Aggression – jk.). This is a very small thing to ask, for the sake of peace.
According to Democrats, it’s a racist thing. They can’t seem to get it through their heads that for some, it really is about holding on to a piece of their family history, and has nothing to do with racism, white supremacy, or anything else that could spring forth from the fevered mind of Democrats.
Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., mocked the decision as a victory for white supremacy. “That ‘reconciliation’ was actually complicity by the North and the South to ignore the interests of African Americans and enforce white supremacy, effectively denying the result of the Civil War for generations,” she said Monday. “These monuments are deeply offensive to the hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn residents and members of the armed forces stationed at Fort Hamilton whose ancestors Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson fought to hold in slavery.”
And that’s never an issue until Democrats make it an issue.
Rendon disputed that contention in the letter while acknowledging the “significance and sensitivity” of the street names. “Streets on our military installations are often named for a soldier who holds a place of significance in our military history,” she wrote. “The great generals of the Civil War, Union and Confederate, are an inextricable part of our military history. The men in question were honored on Fort Hamilton as individuals, not as representatives of any particular cause or ideology.”
Again, very fair.
“This fight isn’t over yet,” Clarke added in a pair of tweets. “I will continue to call on [the U.S. Army] to reckon with history & remove the names of Confederate generals from Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.”
Because you have nothing else to do for your constituents?
I am not a Confederate. I am an American, but this is just silly, and New York Democrats are making it worse.