Monday, August 17, 2015

The Purge

If the Social Justice Warriors have their way, all the vestiges of the Confederacy will soon be removed from the South.  All of them.

The Confederate Flag is now down in South Carolina.

The NAACP want to sand-blast Stone Mountain.

Mayor Landrieu wants to remove the statues in New Orleans.  Governor Jindal is trying to block the removal.

Hoop Skirts are banned on the UGA campus, following something done in Oklahoma.  Because hoop skirts are racist, or something.

I get it.  The Confederacy was part of our racist, slave-holding, Jim Crow past.  All vestiges of it must be removed, purged, if you will, so that we can atone for the errors of our ancestors. I had ancestors here during the Civil War, and I have ancestors who didn't get here until after the Civil War.

Oh, and now, the Fleur-de-Lis is racist.  Did you know that?  France, Louisiana, and Quebec may have to find a new symbol.  Not to mention the New Orleans Saints.  Quelle Horreur!  The Saints may find themselves in the same predicament as the Redskins; not only racist, but at the bottom of the league standings.

Some of this is getting plumb silly.  Really?  Hoop skirts and fleurs?  Seriously?  The Social Justice movement is but a poor caricature of the earlier civil rights movements, and I'm coming to believe that they really neither know history nor care to learn it.  They should recall the old caution that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.

Be careful what you purge.  Often, the purgers are judged historically to be more contemptable than what they were trying to eradicate.  Right now, the purge is simply silly.  At some point it might become nefarious.  Judge your actions cautiously.


Eaton Rapids Joe said...

It has the feel of the Taliban and ISIS blowing up priceless artifacts because they are offended that there are likenesses of humans on them. That is not company that I want to be counted among.

BobF said...

As we're being dragged back into history so it can be rewritten, I'm surprised we haven't seen another round of demands for reparations yet. Of course all the entitlement money isn't enough as-is.

Peripatetic Engineer said...

I think there are other things that represent racists in recent history that should be renamed.