By removing its historic memorials to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, Christ Church is yielding to the relentless logic of identity politics.
To sit where George Washington sat is to keep his memory alive. So can only perfect men be honored? Can only the blameless be remembered?
Federalist Senior Contributors John Davidson And Megan Oprea join this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour from Austin, Texas.
Both movements started on college campuses, with students who wanted to re-make history according to their own ideology.
It appears Islamists have something in common with statue vandals besides an ideology that justifies political violence and a rabid hatred of free expression: the desecration of historic monuments.
We are approaching levels of secular iconoclasm previously unknown in the West. All humans are flawed. Eventually, all of us will be disowned by our grandchildren.
State and local political leaders, over many years, have failed to create a positive public consensus for reasonable action. That has led to our current explosive situation.
This list is by no means comprehensive, as calls for the removal of historical monuments have been rapidly cropping up all over the country.
America is supposed to be ‘one nation, indivisible.’ But this week, we’ve seen that Confederate memorials are splitting us further and further apart.
‘These are tactics that are well-known. You start by tearing down statues and burning books, and eventually you go after people.’
Thanks to jihadis, most ancient artifacts are almost certainly safer in the Smithsonian or the British Museum than they are in Baghdad or Mosul.
Until we begin seeing each other as our flesh and blood neighbors with names and not through the archetypical lenses of media, the political violence will only heighten.
A bargan-basement Nuremberg in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a warning about the attempt to create a permanent new racial conflict in American politics.
The progressive impulse to purge public spaces of Confederate monuments isn’t about inclusion and tolerance, it’s about politics and power.
The Confederacy’s destructive purpose does not mean that we should snuff out all of its memorialization now.
Perhaps the Memphis City Council, which wants to take down reminders of KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest, needs a reminder that people are complex.
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