Atlanta NAACP Advocates Destroying Stone Mountain Confederate Monument
You didn’t really think the anti-Confederate, anti-Southern history hysteria would stop with the removal of the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s State House, did you?
The Left’s aversion to the flag and its success in persuading political powers to eliminate it from state grounds has only stoked the frenzy of political correctness. According to WSBTV news, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP wants the removal of Confederate generals from Stone Mountain.
The organization issued a statement calling for the removal of all symbols of the Confederacy from the park. NAACP spokesman Richard Rose stated, "My tax dollars should not be used to commemorate slavery." Rose said.
Rose add that his group wants all Confederate symbols and characters, starting with Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, removed from all state-owned buildings, parks and lands. "Those guys need to go. They can be sand-blasted off, or somebody could carefully remove a slab of that and auction it off to the highest bidder," he said.
Apparently it is not enough to vandalize statues of the South’s foremost general of the Civil War. Now even the memory of him and his fellow generals must be eliminated.
If you think the frenzy of anger toward the Confederacy resembles the actions of ISIS and the Taliban, you may be correct.
Both groups want to erase the history of anything that opposes their creed or even hints at a different world view. In March of 2001, the Taliban blew up 1,700 year old Buddha statues. According to a report by The Telegraph, there was an international outcry when Mullah Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Taliban, ordered the “destruction of all non-Islamic statues. Kofi Annan, the United Nations Secretary-General, had pleaded with the Taliban's foreign minister, Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, in Islamabad yesterday to save Afghanistan's cultural heritage. He was told that all other "moveable statues" -- including more than a dozen smaller Buddha statues in the Kabul Museum -- had also been destroyed.”
More recently, priceless artifacts and monuments have been either removed and sold or blown up by ISIS. In fact, ancient sites have been destroyed, as has been the case in the irreplaceable archeological treasures in Nimrud.
At the heart of these actions is the insistence that offensive memories of history will be erased and a pure ideological creed established. Civilization will be purified from the sins of the past, and a new day will dawn. The destruction is all futile, of course, as human nature and human history will remain unchanged. History will go on much as it always has -- a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly, be it South or North.
But if you think those who wish to destroy history will stop with destroying monuments and statues; that their lust for purification will be assuaged once the Stone Mountain monument is blown up, you would be terribly wrong.
History shows that the mob mentality is never assuaged by the destruction of offending symbols. When left unchecked, the mob always moves on to attack more than statues. During the Terror of the French Revolution, the mobs of Paris were not content with the destruction of symbols. They moved on quickly to attacking and eliminating people deemed offensive. It was not enough to have plans to blow up Notre Dame. Priests had to die. The aristocracy had to be guillotined.
Blood had to be spilt.
Let’s hope and pray to God matters in the U.S. do not come to this pass. May calmer and wiser heads prevail before this anti-history frenzy breaks out into the mob action so characteristic of misguided ideology.