Sunday, September 24, 2017
Protests: Is it All just Pop Culture?
Over the weekend throughout the country, many protests about one temper tantrum or another were in play but the one that most intrigues is the Richmond, Virginia tussle over the Robert E. Lee monument on Monument Avenue. Once again, sides divided argue over monuments that no one seemed to care about until Donald Trump won the White House.
These same protesters, if local, have walked or driven by this monument for their entire lives, just like we've walked passed the markers downtown, without so much as a second glance. Therefore, why is it now such a critical mass subject?
It's not like the history associated with these markers and monuments will change if they were to miraculous disappear overnight. In fact, by going on about their relevance/irrelevance, people seem to be making much to do about basically nothing. The only thing this history raiding has done has demonstrated how much Americans don't know about their own history.
Now days, all these protests seem to be the latest fad and for some, a revenue stream, lacking any real integrity or conviction. This very long temper tantrum by the Left has all come about because they didn't get their way - nothing more. At some point, one has to wonder: Are the original crusaders from the real Civil Rights Movement miffed with the younger generations minimizing their history and in some cases, dialing back a lot of what their hard work and sacrifice accomplished?
On a local level, many Salisburians don't even know who General John Henry Winder was, much less his place in our history; so why are some vying to remove his marker? Is it just because it has the word confederacy on the plaque, political folly or are they just protesting because it's become the thing to do to garner attention? Did any of you even know the Winder marker existed until someone started making a big stink about it? Chances are, probably not.
Wouldn't it be interesting if the protesters were tested on the history they're complaining to see if they even understand what they're protesting in the first place? Would it be another Wally moment?
at 9/24/2017 06:00:00 AM