Learn from history, don't try to change it

Sept. 13, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I have observed the leftists and guilt-ridden whites push and support their agenda to erase the history of the Civil War.

Before anyone jumps to pull the race card, I do not support any hate groups such as the Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Antifa, or any others, whether they are white, black or otherwise. As a Christian, I have always shown respect for all races.

I disagree with a recent letter writer who said that the DeLeon Plaza statue is racist and should be removed. That statue represents the common Confederate soldier who was mostly of humble means. It was built to honor their memory and sacrifices. Most were hardworking farmers, and many were immigrants, who did not own slaves. While outnumbered two to one, with little food or supplies, they fought bravely to protect their land, homes and families. The wealthy and politicians start wars, but few fight in them.

Just because a small number of idiots who are also ignorant of history decide to misuse symbols does not mean the symbols are racist. What if a black hate group rallied beneath a statue of Martin Luther King Jr.? Are you going to remove it?

When is it going to stop? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Union General Ulysses S. Grant all owned slaves. Did you know that Grant did not free his slaves until after the 13th Amendment in December of 1865? Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he never purchased - they were inherited) in 1862! Are you going to tear down their statues? Are you going to change all our currency to appease Black Lives Matter and the white guilt group?

We should learn from history and not try to change it. Wouldn't it be great if the Alt-Right and the Antifa factions could meet in the middle? Maybe instead of a divided nation with each group pushing their own agenda, we could become a united nation again. And, remember to honor our history, imperfect as it may be. It made us who we are today!

David E. Pribyl, Victoria



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