Some professional protesters of a war that happened 150 years ago now want to destroy all the statues of guys who lost that war. Robert E. Lee, Jeff Davis, Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet and other Southern leaders.
The biggest gripe among the current statue-destroying crowd is that those guys in grey had black slaves. So, if it’s OK to tear down tributes to them, to be fair, let’s dismantle all statues of slaveholders.
George Washington, James Madison, Ben Franklin, Patrick Henry and Andy Jackson had slaves. Tom Jefferson had hundreds, including Sally Hemings, who bore Tom several kids. Even Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant had five slaves until the Civil War.
Also, let’s go way, way back in history to consider destroying statues of ancient guys who owned slaves. Of course, all Egyptian pharaohs had gangs of Hebrew slaves working on those pyramids at way below minimum wage. Biblical kings Joshua, Solomon and Nebuchadnezzar had scads of slaves.
The statue of King David, a magnificent work by Michelangelo in Florence, is considered one of history’s greatest works of art. OK, protesters, let’s get over there and chop down that old slave owner’s image into a pile of pebbles.