Category Archives: Civil Liberty

General Lee – To Honor or Not to Honor

It is not a surprise to any American that there are statues coming down all over the south. Why? Is this wrong? Are we really losing our history?

So let’s agree that all statues are not the same. For reasons that are not clear there was a statue of Chief Justice Roger Taney in Baltimore.  Whether he was a great jurist or not, he wrote the Dred Scott decision. He can never live that down in my opinion. Thankfully, his statue was removed last week.

Most of the fuss over statues surrounds Robert E. Lee, the commander of Southern forces during the Civil War. Lee was/is a very interesting character. Let’s all agree that he was a brilliant military mind. He did stuff on the battlefield that was supposed to be a no-no but not only did he do it, he did it well. His men loved him.

When you hear people talking about Lee they talk about only the great military stuff. There were times when southern forces captured northerners. Sometimes the prisoners were simply shot. Almost all Black prisoners were shot. Lee did nothing that I know of to stop this practice. When Lee put on a Southern uniform and took up arms against the United States. He became a trader. Taking up arms against the US if you are a US citizen is treason. Lee knew this.

In my opinion, if you have to honor those that fought in the Civil War, honor the foot soldiers that were poorly equipped and barely fed. They fought against the North because they thought that their way of life was going to be taken away from them. Honor the foot soldier. They understood courage and sacrifice.

Finally, let’s discuss the reason for the Civil War because there is a ton of misinformation about why the war was started. One of the best lies was that the war was started over “State’s Rights.” This is a fig leaf. The war was started over a state’s right to continue the institution of slavery. The first state to leave the union was South Carolina. In their reason of leaving the Union was very clear. It wasn’t about some nebulous State’s Right. It was …. “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery.” There it is in black and white (no pun intended).

I really don’t care if you want to have a statue of Robert E. Lee or Nathan Bedford Forrest just understand what those men stood for while they were living. Sure you paint a picture of honor and glory but I know that they were all treasonous traders who embraced and fought to keep slavery alive and well.

Correcting an Old Wrong – George Stinney

Every now and then you can hear something that is so foul, so stomach turning that it almost makes you physically sick. This is what happened when I heard the story of George Stinney, Jr. I don’t remember when I first heard the story, but it was several years ago. Basically, this 14-year-old boy was lynched for talking to two white girls. The young black male had been seen talking to the sisters and sometime later they were both found brutally murdered. Yesterday, a South Carolina judge said that the 1944 convention was wrong and that George Stinney was not given due process.

(Let me just say something about the victims. As far as I can tell, their interests were never served. There appears to have been no attempt to actually find who killed these poor little girls. Instead, this was a horrific event which caused outrage throughout the community and was swept under the rug. The police found somebody whose cries of innocence would fall on deaf ears. This whole case is ridiculously sad.)

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Rape is not a joke

I don’t understand how in some people’s minds rape is a joke. It is something to laugh about on social media. Rape is a serious crime, like assault or murder. It needs to be treated as such by everyone.

From TP:

In an incident that shares several elements with the infamous Steubenville rape case that made national headlines last year, a 16-year-old girl from Texas says that photos of her unconscious body went viral online after she was drugged and raped at a party with her fellow high schoolers. But the victim isn’t backing down. She’s speaking out about what happened to her, telling her story to local press and asking to be identified as Jada.

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