Our president this morning is tweeting about how removing monuments to Civil War stalwarts throughout the South is the wrong thing to do, that the removal won’t change history.
I can’t help but wonder whether his opinion would change if it had been white men who spent a few hundred years in chains, often beaten to death by their black overseers. And then if white men had spent the next 150 years fighting situations like Jim Crow, poll taxes, segregation, and other laws that prevented them from being equals with blacks.
These constant reminders of how white men (and, let’s face it, a lot of white women) want to keep their boots on the necks of those who aren’t like them have to go. They shouldn’t have been put up in the first place; let’s recognize that, take them down, relegate them to museums, and move on.
Let’s face the fact that until we are all free, none of us is free. (Tip of the hat to Emma Lazarus)