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August 18, 2017 (Special)
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Question: Why is the USA having issues in 2017 with statues that honor Defeated Confederate Leaders and Generals?
Answer: In 2017, it would be more worthwhile to honor Leaders and Generals who have supported a democratic rule of law. And thus replace statues that honor defeated Leaders and Generals of the Confederacy, who were devoted to protecting their military / industrial complex, using slave labor. Their economy maintained a tremendous war arsenal, on the front lines, for four years. Confederacy went to war to oppose an emancipation of all of their citizens.
The Civil War was a bloody war, where the armies under President Lincoln, President of the USA, fought to protect democratic rules of law that included emancipation of all citizens. The armies under a Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, fought to keep a military / industrial complex using slave labor and opposed emancipation of all citizens. It is not without coincidence that the Confederate motto was “Under God, our Vindicator”. After that war, few would dare to erect statues of defeated leaders and generals of the Confederacy, so that a public at large could honor them. We must remember that after the Civil War, the estates of General Lee were confiscated and turned into Arlington Cemetery, a cemetery initially for soldiers that served under President Lincoln. His estates were not turned into parks, housing and schools or kept as farms to feed people.
Question: Then what changed that allowed these statues to be erected and these defeated Confederate Generals and Leaders to be honored?
Answer: This changed after World War I. WWI started 49 years after the end of US Civil War. The Presidents of the USA, during WWI, and after that war, until President Roosevelt and President Truman appeared, did not sufficiently protect the citizens of the USA. Armies of the USA that went to World War I were normally segregated. When World War I ended, these segregated soldiers returned to a far more industrialized nation that needed their labor. This resulted in race wars, such as Chicago Race Riot of 1919. There were racist riots to fight to win jobs, housing, and schools. These Presidents could see firsthand that hundreds of thousands of their citizens were complaining about their democratic rights. These Presidents understood that when hundreds of thousands of citizens complain, then organizations will step forward to prove they have a better way of life.
In a global background, a Bolshevik Revolution was being fought in Russia, 1917. A civil war in Russia lasted until 1922, when Communism ruled Russia and became the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union went on an intense campaign to establish more communist countries. Needless to point out that Tsarist rule in Russia prior to 1917 was a horror for their citizens. Also a global influenza epidemic was strong from 1918 to 1920. Wikipedia notes 20 to 40 million died from that disease. There must have been some hysteria about becoming sick.
Presidents Wilson, Harding and Coolidge understood their citizen’s complaints. Instead of protecting their citizens by abolishing segregation, statements from their administration lit hatred by saying that hundreds of thousands of these complaining US citizens, who were Black, could be influenced and thus recruited by the Bolshevik/Communist Revolution.
It was as if Presidents of the USA were calling upon their citizens to step forward and prevent the Black US citizens from becoming Bolsheviks and Communists. This proves that Presidential administrations can drive their US Citizens, into a crazed frenzy, based on fear, racism, and an unwillingness to protect voting rights of their citizens at large. They can make citizens at large, lose their good minds.
We can imagine that this allowed organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, and other White Supremacists, ( hold over organizations from the USA Civil War ), to step forward and recruit new members to protect the USA against a hypothetical wave of Black Communists, over running their country. In their recruitment we could imagine that they could wave newspaper clippings citing the threat of these hundreds of thousands of Black Communists, even quoting the US Presidents! Thus they could influence hundreds of thousands of USA Citizens to lose their good minds.
In the 1920’s these White Supremacist groups stepped forward and erected statues to their defeated leaders, and generals of the Confederate Armies. The NAACP published a time line correlating a huge spike in new statues; and race riots, after WWI.
The erection of these statues were supported by a Federal Administration, otherwise, these statues would have been destroyed. For example, statues of General Lee were not allowed to be erected in Charleston, in 1866, one year after the end of the Civil War.
This type of racism ended when President Truman demanded that the US Military be de segregated. Any US General or Admiral that opposed, were immediately fired. After WWII, US citizens demanded that segregation at large be swept away and within 25 years…it became enforced by the US Federal Government. Any US State that opposed de segregation was confronted by the US Federal Government. We must also remember that President Truman was the first world leader who held an ability to conquer the entire world, because he had nuclear weapons. Instead, he dedicated himself to protecting his citizens and their right to vote for their individual desires. He dedicated himself to protecting the good mind of his citizens.