I’mma get this outta the way right up front.
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America (CSA), Article I Section 9(1), states:
“The importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country, other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same.”
Article I Section 9(2):
Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any State not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.
Article IV Section 2(1):
The citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.
So, now that we’ve got that established, fairly clearly noting that the founding legal and organizational document of the CSA openly named slavery as a protected practice, let’s move on to the next notion.
Aside from being the type of people who committed treason, abandoned their allegiance to the U.S.A and then fought against it just to treat human beings like cattle, the leadership of the CSA COMMITTED TREASON, ABANDONED THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S.A. AND THEN FOUGHT A WAR AGAINST IT.
You know who else fought a war against the U.S.A.?
The only people crying that Confederate statues getting torn down is an affront to American history are the ones who never bothered to learn it in the first place.
Look around your town. Now the next, and the next, and the next. Now look at the town you hate the most. Now, search for any evidence on Google, or Bing, or Yahoo. I don’t care which, I’m not your parent. Use the following parameters on your search.
How many of those men up there in that illustration, or their generals, have monuments built to them in the United States of America (the place they waged war against)? Now, it’s arguable that you might find some statues of Ho Chi Minh or Chairman Mao somewhere out east (Asia, not New York). But in the countries they waged war against?
Nah, no way.
So why then, do we want statues to these CSA traitors like Davis to stand in the U.S.A.? After all, Confederates are famous entirely for being traitors to the cause of a United States of America. And it wasn’t for “State’s Rights!” It wasn’t because “Taxes Were Too High!” And it wasn’t because of “Northern Aggression!” After all, it was the Confederates who ordered the attack on Fort Sumter – meaning the first hostile passive action – secession – belonged to the South, and the first hostile active action – shots fired – also belonged to them.
It was because leadership, proponents of them, and many members of the Confederate States of America wanted to unequivocally retain the right to own people as property. It’s right there, in their own Constitution.
So let’s stop saying that removing the statues from public places is an affront to our history, as if that is some worse crime against the U.S.A. than the crime of waging civil war against it. Let’s stop with the histrionics that removing statues from public places somehow instantly erases the memory of this historic civil war from history books. Let’s stop pretending that these traitors to the American ideal were anything but, and let’s stop providing public spaces to their memory.
They lost, get over it.
The recent removal of many of these statues was because thee public – all of it – has a nearly unlimited right to those public spaces. Those public spaces don’t deserve to be tainted with statues glorifying the memory of CSA members. It’s like putting up a statue to bin Laden at Ground Zero.
But, the museums are a good place for them (CSA statues, the bottom of the ocean is the best place for the memory of OBL), which is why the statues were proposed to be moved there – to the museums, where people could see them if they wanted, not because they were taking their kids to the park.