It’s been well over a week since the madness at Charlottesville took place, but despite that, many leftists are still holding onto their “statue-mania.” Thankfully, some people even in the African-American community have had enough of this anti-Confederate obsession.
Herman Cain, author and TEA Party activist from Georgia, expressed his disapproval over this madness on his website. “I am an African-American. I hate the institution of slavery as much as Bishop Dukes does. But I have noticed something he seems to have missed. I am not a slave! And neither is he. Slavery was an awful historical injustice, and it helped set in motion many of the problems the black community faces today. But it is not the problem we need to solve today. Those problems are poverty, illiteracy, drugs, crime and violence. Tearing down statues doesn’t solve any of those problems, and solving those problems is what we need to be focused on.”
Last week, Christian News Alerts covered a story in which Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center in Chicago, called the mayor to rename historic parks named after past presidents who owned slaves. Echoing sentiments of many people across the country, Dukes’s efforts have drawn some criticism from others in the African-American community.
“Tearing down statues that represent history is like pretending history didn’t happen. It did. And not everything that results from history is something you will like. We need to remember all of it, even (and perhaps especially) the parts that bother us because this is what we learn from,” Cain wrote.
These opinions are a breath of fresh air amidst the “statue-mania” that has fallen over the Left. Desecrating historical monuments, especially those of Confederate figures, doesn’t solve any of the problems facing our country today. Hiding from our past won’t get us anywhere.
Of course, as any historian will tell you, matters of the past are seldom black and white with respect to morality. Many historical figures on the Union’s side of the conflict were slave owners themselves, such as General Ulysses S. Grant, who went on to become president.
Are any liberals clamoring for the removal of Grant’s statue?
Even worse, these same liberals who are so irritated at these statues of slave owners aren’t willing to bring forth the same level of passion to bear against statues of Vladimir Lenin. He was an advocate of an ideology that has claimed tens of millions of lives, and who has statues to him in several locations across the United States.
As Herman Cain pointed out, slavery doesn’t exist anymore in America. However, communism is still fashionable among some people in this country. So why do people have such outrage over an institution that no longer exists but hold none of that same rage against an oppressive ideology that still exists in nations across the globe?
“Why don’t you erase from history every reference to a person who had a serious character flaw?” Cain wrote. “They might have been better men if they had rid the world of that institution, and they did not do that. But they did create the political system through which it would be eliminated less than a century later.”
The respected author and businessman concluded his post with these true words; “Flawed men and women have given us quite a world, and we should know as much about it as we can…or we can waste our time tearing down statues, which solves nothing, nor does it make history go away. It just makes us ignorant of it.”
And time wasted on statues is time not spent solving pressing problems in our country.