The Confederate Flag issue of 2015, is spinning so far out-of-control that if people don’t start “thinking” again in the near future, my head is going to implode. In their latest efforts to expunge the “darker days” of the United States’ history, the City council of Memphis, Tennessee voted unanimously to exhume the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife.
These people had already voted to remove a statue of his likeness from the Health Sciences Park on Union Avenue, but felt it necessary to take that next step into the overtly “morbid” by mandating that his body and the body of his wife be relocated as well. Of course, as is typical with these types of ignorant politicians, “Political Correctness” must rule the day. This ignorance is not only visible in their actions, but heard all over the media as people spout this type of PC rhetoric;
“’It is no longer politically correct to glorify someone who was a slave trader, someone who was a racist on public property,’ said City Council member Myron Lowery.”
Lowery just continues to define exactly what is wrong with the people in this country. When we attempt to gloss over the history of our country to appease the emotional “feely goods” of a small, vocal minority, we have failed. We cannot rewrite the lessons that made us stronger.
We cannot erase the memories of a different time and place, simply because some people are getting their feelings hurt. CBS news affiliate Channel 3 states, that there is still a “long row to hoe” in regards to removing the remains, according to the city council’s attorney. Chancery Court would also have to sign off on the removal of the remains and the family of Forrest would be involved in the decision as well.
They will also have to get the Tennessee Historic Commission to render a decision regarding the disposition of the monument, which could create a window of opportunity for the true patriots of Memphis to attend the October commission meeting. Lowery conceded that the council’s urgency in the removal of the monument was spurred on by the recent shooting deaths of the nine church attendees that were gunned down in South Carolina by a self-professed white supremacist.
There are a few in Memphis who do not agree with their decision, including Lee Millar, a spokesperson for the group “Sons of the Confederate Veterans” who said; “I think it’s disgusting that people use the shooting in Charleston and use those victims to forward their own agenda and join this anti Confederate hysteria that’s going on. To attack something like that now I feel is just really misguided.”
Katherine Blalock, whose great-grandfather served under Forrest, concurred: “We need to have a coming together of people, not a divide and conquer,” she explained.
At least one Memphis city council member (Edmund Ford, Jr.) had the common sense to ask a solid question; “Even when all the flags have been taken down and when all the artifacts have been moved, what do we do next as a people?”
That is exactly the question We the People need to be asking ourselves every time something happens in this country. We cannot allow these people to continue hammering on emotional topics while viewing the world through “rose-colored glasses”. We cannot continue to allow social and mainstream media outlets to hyper-sensationalize the “sound bytes” of a few misguided miscreants such as Rev. Sharpton or Louie Farrakhan. And we cannot change our past. Good or bad, our past is a part of who we are. It is the baseline that gives context to what and who we’ve become.
The battle flag of the Confederacy was never intended to be a symbol of hate, but rather a symbol of freedom, of states rights. The secession of the southern states was a symbol of our Constitutional principles, those handed down by our Forefathers. It was not about slavery (slavery was on its way out with the introduction of the “industrial revolution”). Slavery was only the talking point that rallied the northern citizens behind a cause. TAXATION WITHOUT PROPER REPRESENTATION was the true cause of the Civil War. An overbearing tax burden upon the goods manufactured in the south by large northern corporations, who in turn exhorted the southern states for the very machinery that would eliminate slavery.
We have to look at “all” of history to determine the facts. We cannot pick and choose which parts of it we like or dislike, throwing out the “baby with the bath water” in hopes nobody will notice. We are Americans. A melting pot of so many cultures, blended perfectly into We the People. Don’t let some two-bit politician divide us into small, fighting factions. Don’t let some “hate group” speak for the masses or pervert symbols from our past for their racist propaganda. We the People need to stand united, shoulder-to-shoulder, brothers and sisters, fixing the problems we all face, before we destroy everything that made this country the greatest Nation in the world.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams