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Civil rights leaders want six Confederate memorials in Arizona removed

Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry.... Read more»

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Jun 7, 2017, 10:18 am
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This region was Confederacy during the war. It was also Union. The truth is that the people living here at the time would have pledged their allegiance to a troupe of circus clowns if they thought the clowns could defend them from the Apaches.

This was the ass-end of the war. Wilbanks correctly points out that most Confederate troops were not from slave owning families. When you look at Confederate troops that were sent out this far west, that number probably reaches 100% not from slave-owning families. The desert frontier wasn’t exactly a prime assignment in the Confederate armies, and no one with any influence would have been assigned out this way.

Slavery was one cause of the Civil War, but it was far from the only cause of it. Most Confederate soldiers didn’t come from slave owning families, most Federal soldiers didn’t give a shit about black people, and racism hardly stopped at Maryland’s northern border. Even Lincoln himself said that if he could preserve the Union without freeing a single slave he would do it. For the first two years of the war, for the Union anyway, it wasn’t about freeing slaves. Lincoln only wrote the Emancipation Proclamation because he was losing public support for the war, which was going very badly for the Union at that time.

Those facts I just gave you, among several others, are disregarded today because they’re not trendy. People just want to say it was about slavery and that’s it because it makes their understanding of that war fit neatly in to a little box. It is grossly disrespectful to all Civil War veterans to oversimplify what is undoubtedly the most complex war in our nation’s history.

A dearly departed friend of mine once said that old men make war, and send young men to fight them. He was so right about that. The war came about because of several failures on the part of our elected officials at many levels, including Lincoln himself. You want to place blame for the war, place it where it belongs…on the old men who made it, not the young men who fought it.

It was called the “Civil War” for a reason. the Southern people are our people. Anyone who served on either side with honor is a patriot. They all answered the call of their home to serve. They don’t deserve to be disrespected and to have history re-written like this, and they certainly don’t deserved to be insulted by being labeled as “terrorists”.

You want to take Davis’ name off of US 60, fine. I can live with that. The others are dedicated to those men who answered the call to serve and did their jobs. Leave those alone.

Jun 7, 2017, 2:09 pm
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I’d like to add one more thought, if I may…

With the Civil War, and a plethora of other issues, there is an unfortunate tendency of the masses to pass judgement on the long-dead based on the times we live in now. That is unfair, and really unrealistic. If you feel the need to judge someone, judge them against the time that they lived in…not the time that you’re living in.

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Roy Tatum Jr., president of the East Valley NAACP, said Confederate memorials mark an era of terrorism and hate. Civil rights and faith leaders asked for six memorials in Arizona to be removed.


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