Dallas is now following other city councils as it prepares to remove a Confederate statue at taxpayer’s expense no matter what the taxpayers want. In bold moves, city and area councils, are deciding that it is in their best interest to ignore the public input, ignore local and national polls, and ignore the high cost of statue removals while pushing ahead with the removal of these statues and monuments. They are doing this regardless of what the taxpayers want or request, and they are promoting a form of hysteria, filled lies to meet their agenda.
National and local polling has found that most people do not want the Confederate statues removed. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Caucasian Americans, and many others have spoken up asking such questions as “Why move this statue after a hundred years?” or “The statue is harming nobody, why move it?” or “I’ve never thought about it before, it’s just always been there. Why move it now?” At last count, an NBC 5 poll in Dallas online showed 79% thought that the city should not be removing the statue of Robert E. Lee from Lee Park. 21% supported removing it. Obviously, if this poll was representative of a public vote, the statue would stay; however, the council voted to move the statue, put it in storage, and move it someplace else…..someday.
Former Congressman and Conservative speaker Allen West noted on his site (allenbwest.com) that he attended the council meeting. He points out that the city has a failing pension plan for employees such as police and firefighters, but they still want to spend money removing a statue from 1936. He also rightfully points out that nobody has ever complained about these statues until the shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. In a prior post, West stood in front of the statue and stated that as a black man he did not feel the least intimidated by the statue.
Arlene Barnum, a descendent of an African American Confederate soldier, passionately plead on social media for the defense of the statue as she has for others. Several times she challenged those voting to “not use the color of her skin” as an excuse for removal. She was one of over 70 people who spoke in favor of keeping the Caddo Parrish Confederate Monument in Shreveport, Louisiana recently. At that time only about 10 people indicated it should be moved. Ultimately the committee assigned to review it recognized overwhelming support to keep the monument, recommended that it stay, and offered that additional monuments to Reconstruction and Civil Rights should be built as part of a compromise. The city council, much like the Dallas city council, seemed to refuse to listen and is pushing forward with a vote that will likely force the removal of the statue. The statue in Shreveport alone could cost taxpayers over a million dollars just to move it and store it, and that does not even count for all the legal battles in Louisiana that will surely be filed once they make the decision. A quick run through social media reveals hundreds of comments stating the statue should stay. It has been on-site for well over a hundred years and most people do not seem bothered by it.
Dallas, like most other city councils, continues to state that the statues represent white supremacy, slavery, and oppression. Some of these statues and monuments have been standing for over a hundred years. Despite the long life and history, these groups continue to push a form of hysteria, filled lies about their meanings and origins. West and many others have attempted to point out to them key facts about the representations these groups wish to remove. These city councils and area councils seem to ignore some of the real history behind the individuals represented on the statues such as:
- Over 90% of the military men fighting for the south did not own slaves. They were fighting for their home states as state loyalty was valued higher than national loyalty in the 1860s.
- Lee freed all slaves he inherited from his wife’s father before Lincoln ever issue the Emancipation Proclamation. Lee never bought a slave.
- The Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in states in rebellion. Considered an Executive order, this means that all Confederate States in the eyes of the United States were now free states. It did not free the slaves in the states that remained in the Union. This means that the Confederacy was now free and the Union held 5 slave states and allowed them to continue.
- If the war was over slavery, then what was the five slave states remaining in the Union fighting for since they had slaves?
- The Union military did not want to serve with African Americans and did not want to take care of former slaves after the Confederacy was defeated. In fact, many former slaves were forced into an area known as the “Devil’s Punchbowl” so that they did not have to deal with them – just Google “Devil’s Punchbowl” for yourself.
- People of Native Americans, African American, Jewish (such as Moses Jacob Ezekiel), Hispanic, European, and many others fought for the Confederacy.
- Over 900 Cherokee Indians fought for the Confederacy at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.
- Not only did African Americans serve in the Confederacy – supported by records and post war reunions where African Americans proudly displayed their Confederate Flags – the first African American brigade was formed by free men in New Orleans for the Confederacy early in the war. This was long before the Union would even allow African Americans to serve.
- The Civil War ended in April of 1865. Slavery lasted in the United States, the five slave states keeping their slaves that remained in the Union, until December 1865.
- The Confederate Constitution outlawed bringing new slaves into the Confederacy. Because of this, only the Union flag ever few over slave ships arriving with new slaves for sale in the United States.
The examples above is only a small portion of the documented and historical evidence that supports the fact that white supremacy, slavery and oppression was not the driving force behind the war. The statues were simply erected as part of the healing process and to honor Confederate Veterans from all races by the United Daughters of the Confederacy or U.D.C. There are no historical records, dedication reports, or any other documented information that states the monuments erected were ever intended to represent white supremacy, oppression or slavery. With so much evidence that the statues do not represent slavery, white supremacy, or oppression, it is mind-boggling that leaders would continue to promote a false history regarding these statues and monuments.
It appears that these city and area councils are going to do what they want regardless of the cost to the taxpayer and regardless of what the taxpayer wants. They appear intent to ignore history, make up their own history, and vote directly against the will of most people.
What might be even worse for history, is that many of these elected officials should be good planners. Anyone who knows how to plan something will tell you that you should have your full plan in place before you decide to move. They are voting to remove statues and monuments, and store them with a vague promise that they will be moved somewhere appropriate later. If they are going to remove the statues that have stood in many cases for over a hundred years, why have a storage phase in their unfinished plans? Why not simply remove the statue and move it directly to a new, agreed upon and negotiated site so that those wishing to see them may do so? I fear that the answer is more apparent than people are willing to admit. Based on what we have seen in towns and cities that have removed these statues, they appear to go into storage and then to never be discussed again.
The promise to move them to appropriate places for study and history appears to be empty at best. I do not think these people, who work with planning for cities and areas daily, have neglected to finalize their plans. I think their plans end with storage. It appears that they are simply promising the public to put them in a more appropriate place as an appeasement to those who do not wish them to be removed. Once statues like the one of Lee in Dallas reach storage, it is my opinion they will likely stay there and never come across the agenda again to be discussed.