But what is just as amazing is to read some of these activist historians suggest that the motivation for most of these "renaming and removing" efforts (or, as some have characterized them, "cultural cleansing") is organic and coming from within the communities themselves. That's bull and we all know it's bull - at least the honest among us know it's bull. Accepting such an absurd premise would require one to believe that all the incessant criticisms, impugning and moralizing from activist historians, academia and media types over Confederate imagery over the last 30 years has had no influence on some in these communities. Again, that's absurd on its face. This has been the goal all along. Now they want to act like innocent bystanders and suggest that,
"See, these folks are reasonable just like us. Only the crazies still support Confederate monuments and icons - in ANY shape, manner or form."
Rather than failing to take credit, these activist historians should be celebrating and congratulating each other. This is what they've been striving for for years. Victory should be declared.
Using the judge's flawed logic, NO ONE should have their portrait in a courtroom or government building. Can we talk about the moral failings of FDR? How about JFK? Would a person of Japanese heritage want to deal with a government representative in a building named after FDR or one which has his portrait in it? The same logic applies to portraits of Washington, Jefferson - even Lincoln - hanging in the White House and other government buildings. Which is why there will be calls to remove them as well. I'd also be quite interested to know what other portraits hang in this Stuart, Virginia courthouse and what moral failings they may be guilty of.
Are there any judge's portraits hanging in the courtroom who were sitting on the bench during Virginia's "massive resistance" days? If so, did they make public statements about that policy or did they make any rulings on that topic?
It's rather simple to see through all this PC nonsense. It's simply much easier to go with the flow than to stand against the tide. That's nothing new when it comes to human nature. Intellectual laziness seems to be rampant these days, even among the "educated." Of course, most of the "cultural cleansers" will only go so far. After all, some "heroes" and icons are off limits.