Hate, White Supremacy and Change
Following the attempted removal of a confederate statue in Charlottesville, VA, a swarm of protests ensued. The protests served as a catalyst for a resurgence of white nationalist, neo-nazi, alt-right and KKK ideologies. As a result, extremist motives and influences led to tragedy. Charlottesville hospitalized 19 lives and, with overbearing heartache, said goodbye to one.
It doesn’t take half a brain to agree that racism, bigotry and discrimination should have no standing in our progressive society. It creates division and a rift in future generations that is nearly impossible to mend. Allowing hateful iconography to stand 26 feet tall in the lawn of a prosperous American university emphasizes these divides. Universities, in their very essence, should be breeding grounds for new ideas. We shouldn’t continue to allow problems from more than a century ago to dictate our lives today.
This is a new era; it’s time to stop living in the past. That’s the very idea that the Charlottesville community was trying to enforce. The confederacy began in 1861 when the south seceded from the union in effort to preserve slavery and withhold liberty for whites. It’s obvious that a statue of a confederate general would make people of color uncomfortable. It holds the reminder that their ancestors were considered subhuman to the rest of the world.
There’s no need to add flame to a fire of the past. We should, instead, kindle the sparks made along the way, and start a new fire burning for the future because we’ve come so far. We should put up statues that resemble modern forms of courage and victory without putting any group down.
The past should be remembered, not commemorated.