Well, the floodgates have opened. It’s 2015, Part II: The Reckoning. In the aftermath of Dylann Roof’s shooting spree in Charleston that year, the left began calling for the removal of Confederate flags and memorials across the country, getting very little pushback from the right. And now, in the wake of Charlottesville, they are renewing their efforts. Down comes Robert E. Lee. Down comes Stonewall Jackson. And, true to President Trump’s prediction, there are many on the left now calling for memorials to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other slave-owning Founding Fathers to be removed as well.
But if the left really had the courage of its convictions, it would call for the destruction of the biggest living monument to racism in America today: The Democratic Party. This is the party under which slavery thrived and the Jim Crow laws were passed. They are the party of the Ku Klux Klan. The party that abolished abolitionists. The party that only discovered “civil rights” after realizing, cynically, that it was their path to winning over the South.
But forget about all of that. Let’s just focus on the present moment, which is where the Democratic Party continues to be the most destructive force of racism in the country. Racism is division, and the Democrats would not exist were it not for the weaponization of racist division. They have turned oppression into a team sport. They have built a political platform on “us vs. them,” and it has come to represent the totality of their ideology, insofar as they have an ideology.
The problem with this – besides the obvious – is that they know that “solving the problems of racist inequality” would mean certain, inevitable doom for their party. What would be left to fight for? And so they pursue policies that are guaranteed not to work. Policies like affirmative action, government handouts, and de-criminalization of crime. Policies that are deliberately constructed to not only create problems were there were none, but to keep alive those problems that could have been solved years ago. They DEPEND on their own failures for their own survival, and that means they are directly responsible for keeping African-Americans (and other minorities) stuck in a cycle of dependence.
Dependence on government, yes, but more essentially – dependence on the Democratic Party.
Tear down THAT monument and then we can start talking about Robert E. Lee.