As I am sure you have all heard several descriptions about the Unite the Right rally that happened a couple of Saturdays ago in Charlottesville, VA where the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the alt-right and other fascists were all up in arms about the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Riots occurred accompanied by violence and the like. Then the President took several days to say that Nazis and the KKK are bad and then sort of backed down from that the next day. It’s pretty stupid that it took so long but racism is still going strong in the US. Sure there are several Confederate statues throughout the US and several of them are being taken down following these event. However does taking down all the statues really solve anything racism is still rampant in the United States and nothing really has been down about it. The Civil Rights Act did do a little to fix it but nothing has really happened since 1968. Barack Obama did win two terms as President but that didn’t solve race relations in the US. It’s a lot better than it was but just look at the Black Lives Matter movement and we can see that it hasn’t gotten that far. As Sam Cooke puts it it’s been a long time coming but I know a change is going to come.
Now the statue problem to me it seems just like the Native American team name/mascot controversy are they honoring the individual or meant to demean. Sure both the monuments and team names/mascots aren’t the greatest things that we have in the US but they exist because of the vast history and our reluctance to remember it. Like how whenever there is a mass shooting we go never again but it seems like it happens about once a year anyhow. According to Wikipedia there are at least 1500 memorials and monuments to the Confederacy in the US from Maine to California. Ten Army bases are named after Confederates and but they, at least in 2015 according to Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost, won’t be renamed as they are named for soldiers who holds a place in our military history. Of the monuments on Monument Ave in Richmond five are of Confederates and there has been talk of adding more statues and/or removing them all together however one in particular that of Matthew Maury who was the first real scientist and oceanographer in the US Navy, who most Americans have never heard of needs to stay. Sure the Civil War ended 150 years ago but it doesn’t seem like it really is over with the vitriol between the political parties and the ongoing antagonism from our President about any little thing that he doesn’t like. We, in the US, need to learn our history better for as the old saying goes we are bound to repeat it. There are problems in our great nation and I am not sure we have any idea how to fix them, term limits might help as well as by getting more people involved in the political process.