US culture and history being 'ripped apart' by removal of Confederate statues

Alan Olson
August 21, 2017

Trump's presidency has been further engulfed in controversy over his response to last Saturday's events in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville in which Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a man described as a white nationalist crashed his auto into the counter-protesters.

"Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" Mr Trump posted on Twitter on Thursday. He eventually condemned the white supremacists, KKK and neo-Nazis, but backpedaled 24 hours later.

"The President of the United States believes there should be statues across this nation, honoring people who fought, and in some cases died, to keep American citizens, some people who live here, in chains", he said.

Trump's chief White House strategist, Steven Bannon, in an interview this week dismissed the importance of the far-right in the USA political scene, even though he headed a publication advancing support for "America first" views before joining Trump's White House.

"You can't change history, but you can learn from it", he tweeted.

Instead, Trump suggested that the "alt-left" had an equal role in the violence, and also stated that if Lee's statue could be taken down then former Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson's could as well.

He added that removing Confederate monuments would take away "beauty" from cities and they'd be "greatly missed".

'Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments.

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America neither deserves nor can it afford a president who does not care to understand that one of his most important duties, if not the most important, is to promote unity.

But in typical Trump fashion, he changed course the next day, apparently fed up with the notion that he could ever say anything wrong.

He called Arizona Senator Jeff Flake "toxic" and praised his potential primary election opponent. The white supremacist Virginia rally was organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, the Confederate army commander from northern Virginia.

Pressured by advisers, the president had softened his words on the dispute on Monday.

He also was not known to have cared much about preserving Confederate statues until a few days after a rally by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in support of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".

When Wilson was president, his War Department drafted black soldiers, and while it paid them the same as whites, it kept them in all-black units with white officers.

The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina State House in 2015 after a racially based shooting in a Charleston church.

That statue represents an idea of whiteness they refuse to relinquish; it is a part of a politics that trades on white fears, ongoing cultural wars that scapegoat black and brown people and policy decisions deeply rooted in racial animus. Just give me more. Those vain attempts to legitimize the treason of their rebellious ancestors were also efforts to distort history and discourage civil rights demonstrators in the 1960s.

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