Virginia General Assembly Democrats passed a law on Jan. 11 permitting cities and counties to “remove, relocate, contextualize, cover or alter Confederate war memorials.” In 2018, the Confederate memorial statue referred to as “Silent Sam,” at my alma mater the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was pulled down by protestors. In the aftermath there is still controversy regarding what is to be done with the statue going forward. In the most recent alumni journal, there was an article about this with a quote by a communications professor (from New York) that disturbed me. I wrote to him stating so and we started a dialogue. Below are excerpts from what I wrote to him regarding my feelings about the attacks on the South and Southern culture.

I have been distressed to continually find that the South I grew up in is almost unrecognizable at times and that the Southern way of life and history is constantly under attack and misrepresented. The destroying of history is what all totalitarian states do first. The vast majority of those fighting for the Confederacy did not own slaves. There were many different reasons that people fought, mainly defending their homelands from those telling them what to do. The South was decimate, and countless husbands, sons and fathers were gone forever. Monuments like Silent Sam were erected to honor the dead by Southern families. Silent Sam was not erected until 1908, which tells you how much time it took for the South to transition from an occupied state and to save up the money to pay for it. My great-grandmother, when widowed, had to marry an older widower to keep a roof over her head. When her father died, my grandmother had to leave school in the eighth grade to work in a mill to support the family. My mother remembers bathing in a tin tub in the kitchen and did not have indoor plumbing until she was 12 years old. You cannot find anything online about the suffering and poverty of white Southerners during Reconstruction and for decades afterward.

It seems unjust to me that people who move to the South from other parts of the country often seem to do their best to change it. They attack a way of life that they can’t understand, and often don’t want to understand. The constant stirring up of emotions unnecessarily fosters people not trusting and feeling resentment towards each other

I never experienced racial disharmony when I was growing up in North Carolina. An acquaintance of mine who is 20 years my senior, and a UNC alumnus as well, remembers racial segregation but I do not, which shows how much had changed in the South in two decades. Now, it appears that race relations have been set back by decades due to people stirring up the past unnecessarily and not focusing on how much things have changed towards the positive. How can this be a positive step for our country?

Lisa Callanan is a resident of Stephens City.

(12) comments

woke-unicorn

In 2027 the national archives is set to release 10 file cabinets full of MLK tapes that RObert Kennedy ordered Hoover to make. They are not of a reverent man. Theya re gonna make the removal of MLKs statures the next trend. Disgusting things on those tapes. Turnabout is fair play, right. Cheers

woke-unicorn

As the afro american gang and the latino gang vote to ERASE euro american history--and they arent confining it to the Old SOuth...Lincoln himself is being labeled a racists these days. In fact its easier to just say euro americans culture is up on the block. Makes you wonder where the priorities of minorities are when they seek so hard to live in predominantly white areas and schools. Is this proof they dont really believe their own victimhood? WHy seek the people you are so victimised by? The culture shaming that europeans and Euro americans suffer shall never be forgotten. Cheers

Rattler

It's not a positive step. I grew up in the deep south and never experienced racism until I moved north. You are right, people don't want to understand a southern way of life. They think we are all white supremacist idiots. How wrong they are. Treat people with respect and you will get it back. The pot stirrers have made race relations in this country worse. If only real history was taught and we quit filling our children's minds with incorrect information, things may change.

Spock Here

"A way of life"? Wow. Here I thought it was about honoring the brave traitors who left the Union. I didn't realize it was about a way of life.

Ping

There are, apparently, a whole lot of things you don't realize. How about those "brave traitors" (as you call rebels) who left the British Empire and founded our country? You should probably change your name. Your namesake was a wise, knowledgeable, and logical person.

Spock Here

America had "loyalists" that fought for or supported the crown in the Revolutionary War. Do they get statues in public places? And two different wars, one fighting for parliamentary representation for being overly taxed, and the other about states rights and the right to own slaves.

Ping

Lol. You can't change history and twist the facts to suit your terminology, Spocko ol' pal ol' buddy. The Americans were rebels, plain and simple. The Brits considered them traitors. And as for slavery....well, you libbies can't have it both ways. Either slavery was part and parcel of the Revolution or it wasn't (some say it was one of the major causes...a book written by a couple of marxists was in the library recently).

Spock Here

It would seem your battery was running low with this fluff o nuts....No doubt due to a week of "wittiness." You should at least rest on Sunday to charge 'er up

Ping

And, once again, your answer isn't an answer.

woke-unicorn

The guilt never is removed no matter how many public acts you carry out. The question is..will we let you back in when you realise that. CHeers

woke-unicorn

He is a guilty leftists who think that these sacrifices will win him a pass. But looking at the mountain of liberal euro americans who threw one misplaced word or look are then cancelled, he is chasing a pass he never will get.

woke-unicorn

Funny that Lincoln nor Grant ever called them that. But then you have to make them think you are one of the good euro americans, right. OR a quisling. We wont forget

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