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No Two Sides about It, Mike Pence. Confederate Statues Must Come Down, But Not For the Reason You Think.

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  • Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

  • The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth

  • Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.
  • Mike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: No Two Sides about It, Confederate Statues Must Come Down.

The whitewashed compromise that brought the nation together after the Civil War was based on a deliberate forgetting of the truth and the forging of an imagined narrative in which both sides took responsibility for fighting bravely and with honor to support their sides. This revision of history echoes in the President's ill-chosen words regarding the violence in Charlottesville.

Yohuru Williams, The Progressive

August 18, 2017 | One of the enduring images of the 2000s was that of American Marines purportedly helping a group of Iraqi civilians tumble the statue of Saddam Hussein at Firdos Square in Baghdad in April 2003. British journalist Robert Fisk famously described the scene as “the most staged photo opportunity since Iwo Jima.” Questions as to why the statue became a target for advancing military forces quickly surfaced. The answer was simple. The statue was a symbol of Hussein’s bloody regime. In advance of toppling the dictator himself, the statue was a stand-in for his ill-gotten power.

That moment has crossed my mind more than a few times since recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when anti-racist counter-protester Heather Heyer was struck and killed by white supremacist James Alex Fields. Fields plowed his vehicle through a line of people protesting a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacy, and white nationalist groups challenging the removal of a statue of Confederate War General Robert E. Lee.

http://progressive.org/downloads/3875/download/Yohuru%20Williams.jpg.jpe?cb=c4a7db57c9e999ed5e304327da730ae3&w=176&h=176 Yohuru Williams  is an education activist and professor of history and dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He was previously a professor at Fairfield University and former chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Williams is a noted scholar of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power movement. Diverse magazine named Williams one of its Top 10 Emerging Scholars under 40 in 2009.

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Part 2: Mike Pence’s defense of Confederate memorials is actually really scary.

http://static.gulfnews.com/polopoly_fs/1.2075419!/image/3735690108.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_460346/3735690108.jpgMike Pence says we shouldn't try to erase our history. He's right, but not for the reason that he thinks he is.

Matthew Rozsa, Salon 

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 | Vice President Mike Pence decided to ape the rhetoric of his commander-in-chief during a Tuesday interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt. In the process, he helped illustrate precisely how wrongheaded the Confederate monument defenses really are.

“I agree with the president that seeing people destroy public property in the name of any cause is just simply unacceptable,” Pence began. While he probably would have avoided trouble had he stopped his argument there, he moved on to claim that the Confederate memorials are important so “that we remember our past and build on the progress that we’ve made.”

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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