Governor’s decision to remove statue is the right one

Regarding the governor’s intent to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond:

Lee will never be forgotten, but he should not be honored or revered. He lost. His side lost. His cause was wrong and immoral. They were all traitors to the Union and defenders of enslaving Africans to benefit the white Christian economy and society. The statue of the traitor Confederate soldier in Winchester (on Frederick County property) should also be removed to the inside of the old courthouse/ museum as a relic of The Lost Cause.

Steven Lowe, Washington, D.C. Former resident of Frederick County.

Steven Lowe

Washington, D.C. Former resident of Frederick County.

(33) comments

Bryan.the.Nuri

The removal of this participation trophy is past due. This is not an erasure of the Civil War, but a reevaluation of why they were celebrated decades after the defeat and to the chagrin of many of the actual ex-Confederates, like Lee, Mosby, and Mahone.

"I think it wiser, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the example of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered."

Bernie Mac

Too bad the Democrats cannot erase their history of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow and segregation. That stain is not so easily removed.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Please explain how a caucus with Strom Thurmond and Barack Obama would work out...

Bernie Mac

Will Robert Byrd and George Wallace be there?

Doc Samson

@Bernie Mac - No need for those guys! Biden will step up! Between his racist statements and inappropriate touching of little girls, I truly cannot believe that he is their nominee. But, oh, Trump said some yucky things about grown women a few times. Yeah, clearly equal offenses...

Spock Here

"Doc" you really are the definition of "Dud"

Bryan.the.Nuri

You mean more pre-1968 Democrats? Ever look up that Southern Strategy that faded in the early Seventies?

If you're coming to the table, have your facts straight

knightowl57

Hey Bernie, research "Southern Strategy".

Spock Here

Bernie doesn't research, he simply opines the language of the bots.

Ali

Facts? Bernie don't need no facts! He's got Alex Jones.

Bernie Mac

Like I wrote, can't erase that Democrat history. Nice try.

knightowl57

Nobody is trying to erase or defend the pre-60s Democrat party. It's you Bernie who won't acknowledge that the southern Democrats switched parties post Nixon. It's not a coincidence the KKK and other white supremacists support the current president.

Bernie Mac

Only a few Democrat racists switched parties. The vast majority of racists remained Democrats for life. Like Robert Byrd of West Virginia, James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman E. Talmadge of Georgia.

Ali

Really? Byrd, Talmadge, and Eastland? That’s all you got? Neither Talmadge nor Eastland have been in office for around 40 years. Byrd did join the klan in his youth, and later apologized, saying it was the biggest mistake of his life. All of these 3 are long dead. Why not go all the way back to Howell Cobb or Lewis Wigfall, for heavens sake! lol

Bernie Mac

Ali, are you math challenged? The so-called "Southern Strategy" took place in the 1960s. That would be 50+ years ago. For the love of God, man, please think before you write. Everyone can see this.

Doc Samson

@Bernie - Don't you know? It's only ridiculously "in the past" if it doesn't benefit the Leftist narrative! If it supports it, why you can go back as far as you want! C'mon, man, get on the "RIGHT" side of history or you won't be one of the cool kids!

Bernie Mac

Doc, I keep asking myself - What went wrong in the development of these liberals? Is it a birth defect? A deformity? A genetic mutation? What is it allows them to make an irrelevant point in a debate and then celebrate victory?

KerryKenney

In August 2019 Northam said "I’ve had to confront some painful truths,” he said at Fort Monroe, the landing site for the country’s first African slaves. “Among those truths was my own incomplete understanding regarding race and equity. ... But I also learned that the more I know, the more I can do.” So here we go, he is making good on his word. I applaud the decision.

Ali

Time to ride off into the past, Bobby Lee, Jeb, Stonewall, Jeff, and Matt. Your day is done. I can't imagine any of you asked for statues anyway.

hvacread

Slowe, I'll just be glad when your posts and comments are submitted to the paper that is local to you now.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Who are you?

Bernie Mac

Who are you?

Bryan.the.Nuri

not a coward hiding behind a fake picture and name...

shinyhappypeople

The governor of VA has made a much needed and long overdue decision and people living in the 21st century applaud it. It’s about time. Lee and his army were slave-trade supporting traitors who attempted to succeed for the Union AND LOST. Over 150 years ago. Put a period on it and move on. The rest of us have. Sorry your symbol of heritage had to go....but it’s over now, snowflakes. Time to leave the 1800’s and join us here in 2020 (don’t forget your mask!)

Doc Samson

(don't forget your mask) - Funny how willing you are to accept a governor who has quite a variety of 'em. But hey, he took down a statue, so no outrage or calls for removal from office from you! Yay! [rolleyes]

shinyhappypeople

Well he attempted to secede from the union (and thankfully did not succeed)✌🏼

jimamerican

In his zeal to overcome his blackface history, Governor Northam has again pandered to his liberal and black supporters. But the worst aspect of the decision to remove the Lee statue is the timing of the announcement. He is rewarding the rioting and burning in Richmond; rather like rewarding a child's temper tantrum. He has invited more of the same.

slowe

Rioting: Because taking a knee did not. Because the justice system favors whites. Because police are taking privileges beyond what we owe them.

Conservative

Well, since you support rioting, I hope to see your arrest report when you appear in Winchester to support your cause and start rioting and looting. Otherwise, you are just a sniveling little crybaby.

Bryan.the.Nuri

Sniveling? Not quite.

At least he isn't a coward.

Doc Samson

Ah, brave li'l Bry! So bold, so courageous! Calling out those who have a different opinion but not those whose opinions are in lockstep with his own. That folks, is true courage! Why, we should dedicate a statue!

Conservative

@Doc, alert the pigeons.

Bryan.the.Nuri

The NAACP appreciates your support...

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