Americans are reeling at the news of the recent protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist rally escalated into violence once far-left groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa entered the scene.
The media response has been typically one-sided, blaming only the far-right factions involved in the affair while completely disregarding any involvement far-left groups had in the situation. Bishop E.W. Jackson, however, has had enough of it, saying, “I condemn both sides…both sides want us divided racially,” according to Breitbart.
Bishop Jackson, president of S.T.A.N.D., an organization that reaches across racial and cultural lines to help unite Americans, said in a Facebook video that “both sides of this wanted us divided racially.”
“They want to turn everything into a racial issue. They believe that somehow…our country really is black against white – we’re not that at all. We are a nation founded on principle – not race. Both [sides] are more interested in racial division than they are in us becoming one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” Jackson said.
But what stunned the media even more was the bishop’s recommendation that Confederate flags and monuments remain placed where people who wish to view them can do so. Unifying objects such as the American flag, he suggested, should be considered for public monuments and symbols.
“I have seen those [Confederate] monuments. My family and I have not given them a second thought, to tell you the truth, because what do they have to do with us? Nobody bothers us, nobody’s harassing us. We never really cared.”
Jackson made these remarks as someone who lives in Virginia, ran for office in the state many times, as well as visited Charlottesville personally on many occasions with his family.
“I defend anybody’s right to fly a Confederate flag on your pickup truck, on your property – put them anywhere you want,” he said. Jackson recognized that flying the Confederate flag isn’t about supporting racism, secessionism, or any other issue that proponents of the Left would suggest. Rather, flying the flag is more a sign of loyalty to their state, family, and history – something that he is wise not to be personally offended by.
Jackson even went so far as to criticize the Left for insisting that monuments or public buildings that are named after historical figures who owned slaves are unacceptable, citing the notion as ridiculous. “You’re not going to find any person in American history who was perfect, just like you and I are not. To deny the tremendous contribution to the notion of freedom and to the idea of each human being living out their God-given potential is also preposterous. They illuminated the whole world with the idea of what it really means to be free!” the bishop said.
The media response to events in Charlottesville has been typically one-sided, blaming only the far-right factions involved. Does media coverage fuel racial divisiveness?
Of course, history is seldom a cut-and-dried matter. Many figures on the Union’s side–such as Ulysses S. Grant–had slaves of their own even during the conflict, but there is hardly any clamor to have statues of them pulled down.
It goes to show how inconsistent the Left can be in the application of their ideology, and how little they understand some of the nuances of this nation’s history.
Regardless, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear individuals such as Bishop E.W. Jackson standing up for common sense, reason, and non-violence in what is becoming an increasingly polarized nation.