The recent Charlottesville debacle has been exactly the kind of incident that Democrats have been waiting for. A violent situation with far-right elements is justification enough for them to start campaigning for the removal of all historical figures in American history who had anything to do with slavery. Al Sharpton is one of those people.
As reported by Fox News, Sharpton told PBS’s Charlie Rose, “People need to understand that people were enslaved.” Sharpton said his great-grandfather was a slave, owned by an ancestor of former Sen. J. Strom Thurmond (R-SC). “Our families were victims of this,” he said. “Public monuments [to people like Jefferson] are supported by public funds. You’re asking me to subsidize the insult to my family,” Sharpton said. He added that privately-funded museums are preferable to federally-funded slaveholder monuments.
Jumping on the opportunity to further promote his views in light of the recent events in Virginia, the New York Democrat activist is presenting a personal and emotional justification for the federal government to stop funding the Washington, DC memorials to both Jefferson and Washington.
He isn’t the first person to start campaigning to remove historical figures who owned slaves from public society. Just recently, Bishop James Dukes demanded that Chicago’s mayor take down monuments and rename parks named after presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson.
People such as Sharpton and Dukes don’t seem to recognize the contributions of many of these historical figures they are fighting against.
As one of the most important founding fathers, main draft writer of the Declaration of Independence, and third president, Jefferson is a monumental figure in American history. Sharpton’s efforts to defund his memorial can be likened to attacking a central pillar in American history.
No one in the history of humanity is perfect, and condemning an individual from the past with the moral standards of modern society is far from reasonable, regardless of the issue at hand.
Franklin D. Roosevelt advocated rounding up Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II, but people like Sharpton aren’t going to be criticizing him anytime soon.
Al Sharpton has been praised by left-wing political figures, and was even at one point former President Obama’s “go-to-black leader.” What’s interesting is that this isn’t the first time Sharpton has acted in an un-American fashion. At one point, Sharpton had over $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens against him.
In another case, Sharpton was one of the leading figures in instigating the Crown Heights Riots in 1991, when in a speech at the funeral of a black child accidentally killed in a car accident, he slurred the Jewish community, saying that “diamond merchants” had “blood of innocent babies” on their hands. The subsequent riot that resulted from this led to even more violence–something that he has still not apologized for, according to Breitbart.
Jumping on the latest cause celeb in the liberal political scene, Sharpton’s cries for the removal of these American historical monuments should not come as a surprise from a left-wing opportunist such as himself.
Hopefully, Americans will come to their senses and realize that throwing away one’s national history because it “offends” some people is not only ridiculous but unpatriotic and, frankly, dangerous.