As "anti-statue-mania" continues to infest the minds of those tunnel-visioned by their ideological hobbling, we must consider the repercussions of expunging historical artifacts, and even ones with which we disagree.
Many proponents of expunging Confederate monuments have started to consider dismantling other monuments to people. One political opportunist masquerading as a "Bishop" in Chicago is demanding that the city rename and remove statues from Washington and Jackson Parks. These two men were presidents, yet the "Bishop" says celebrating them is racist because Washington owned slaves and Jackson facilitated the "Trail of Tears."
In the "Bishop's" mind, expunging these names and monuments will right a wrong. Evidently, for the "Bishop," out of sight is out of mind and that makes history irrelevant.
But history has a propensity to repeat itself. In fact, every great historian warns that if we stop learning from history, history will, indeed, repeat itself. That human beings are prone to gravitate toward tyrannical hierarchical governments (read: absolute power corrupts absolutely), without a constant reminder of history we are doomed to repeat the grave errors of generations and eras past.
The Jewish people, who bore the brunt of true fascist tyranny in Adolf Hitler's Nazi genocide against their people, have a saying they all embrace: "Never again." The point behind the saying is clear. It was originally used by Jewish resistance fighters in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and is interpreted to mean that the Nazi Holocaust; the extermination of over six million Jews, will never be permitted to recur.
To wit, the Jewish people did not expunge this history from their world, they embraced the history so that this atrocity is remembered and never allowed to metastasize into a threat to the Jewish people again.
Evidently, Black activists in the United States -- and those taking up their cause -- are clueless to the idea of a "teachable moment." They are removing symbols of history and, thus, removing a daily reminder of historical events, both celebratory and cautionary. They are killing a teachable moment and, therefore, dooming history to repeat itself.
Instead of pulling down or otherwise removing Confederate monuments -- and monuments to others that activists find offensive, they should be taking this opportunity in the spotlight to reaffirm the horrific past surrounding the controversial icons; they should be taking this opportunity to point at these monuments and explain to the youth of today the realities of history and the struggles to over come so that they, too, can say "never again."
By "snatching down" these historical monuments (and yes, I did paraphrase former-Chicago Alderwoman Dorothy Tillman), we are robbing our children of a teachable moment and threatening a repeat of history...and that is just stupid on every level.