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March 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm #3457PhidippidesKeymaster
A law is going through the Tennessee legislature which would prevent war monuments and parks from being renamed. The move may have been related to the recent renaming of several Confederate parks in Memphis, TN. Ban on Changing Park Names Passes Against Democrat ObjectionsApril 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm #28297NotchParticipant
JOHNNIE TURNER: “I’m not comparing the Confederacy with Adolf Hitler. I’m just saying during the time that he reigned, there were statues everywhere. But today, you would have to look far and wide.”
This is a completely asinine statement. 1. Of course you are comparing the Confederacy to Hitler and the Nazis2. In doing so you now place the Confderacy as "evil". They weren't any more evil than their Union counterparts.3. The statues during Hitlers reign were glorifications of him and his party during his time in power. Were these Confederate statues, monuments, parks, etc around during the war to glorify them? Of course not.4. This is nothing more than another black man using the Confederacy as a racist vehicle.5. Rep. Turner needs to understand his American history and realize that he is arbitrarily associating the Confederacy with hate, not realizing the North was equally as hateful to blacks during that period.6. Using Nathan B. Forrest as an example - the man was a son of TN, can be argued that he was not at all racist (see his speech at the "Jubilee of Pole Bearers" in 1875) and was told by Gen. Wm T. Sherman during the Virginius Affair of 1873 that he would have "considered it an honor to have served side-by-side with him." His association with the KKK is cloudy and the organization he was part of does not resemble what it became, causing him to disband it in 1869. 7. Speaking of Sherman, does this mena anything associated with him should be renamed since he himself did not believe blacks should have been emancipated?Once again, our uninformed, uneducated, and agenda driven society has it all wrong. And these folks are in charge of our country. That is sad.April 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm #28298PhidippidesKeymaster
I must say this involves an interesting issue in regard to history. Rep. McDaniel said that the law was intended to prevent one generation from changing what was deemed important by an earlier generation. What this effectively prevents is any generation/era from claiming a virtual monopoly on what is morally good or bad. As we all know, cultural values can change over time, and I think many people think this change occurs for the worse. Those values become engrained in society and people in power have the potential to rewrite history so that it supports their modern views. The Tennessee law is one way of preventing this from happening, or at least to occur less easily.