Editor, the Advocate
After the horrendous murder of George Floyd, Confederate statues became targets throughout the nation. Myriads were toppled by the mob. However, they haven’t stopped there: statues of Francis Scott Key, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington in Portland, OR, the World War I Veterans’ Memorial in Birmingham, AL were either toppled or defaced.
Even statues of abolitionists Hans C. Heg and Mattias Baldwin experienced the rage of the horde. Ironically, the escalation of the mob frenzy has resulted in toppling a statue of President Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who led the North in the Civil War to end slavery. Talk about erasing history and not knowing one’s history at the same time.
But what to make of this? People in other countries have also experienced this phenomenon on their way to totalitarian rule.
Take Elizabeth Rogliani of Venezuela, for example, who states, “Why do I even worry about some silly little statues coming down or some silly little street names changing? Why do I care?
“It is because the last time I didn’t care about this, I was a teenager. I have already lived through this thing when I was living in Venezuela. Statues came down — Chavez didn’t want that history displayed. And then he changed the street names. Then came the (school curricula). Then some movies couldn’t be shown, then certain TV channels, and so on and so forth.
“You guys think this can’t happen to you, I’ve heard it so many times. But always be on guard. Never believe something can’t happen to you. You’ve got to defend your country and your society, or it will be destroyed.” www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/06/23/venezuelan_to_americans_statues_coming_down_is_where_revolutions_start.html
Currently, some Victorians are agitating to take down a Confederate monument in DeLeon Square.
Removing the Confederate soldier might pacify some for a while, but as very recent history demonstrates, they will not be satisfied for long.
Previous letter writers to the Advocate were mocked online for predicting the throng would eventually clamor for renaming DeLeon Plaza, named for a Mexican empresario descended from Spanish aristocracy, and anything named after John C. Calhoun, defender of slavery and states-rights. However, they have been vindicated by the destructive momentum of anarchy that morphed from pulling down statues of Confederates to doing the same with Union General Grant and abolitionists. Where will it stop?
Don’t let it begin. Hold the line Victorians.
Mary Ann Wenske, Moulton