The tidal wave continues…
As I expected, the move to remove anything associated with the word “Confederate” continues to expand.
I think most folks who’ve had to endure the endless dribble we now call “political correctness” knew that the tidal wave against anything “confederate” would expand to include not just “the flag” but the post-war markers placed in remembrance to the southern soldiers.
Already, there are moves afoot to literally dismantle monuments all across the south.
There is even some who now wish to redesign the Arkansas flag because one of the stars is supposed to represent Arkansas’ time in the Confederacy.
The Vicksburg National Battlefield Park issued the following statement about the flag controversy:
“The Eastern National bookstore at Vicksburg National Military Park will continue to sell a wide variety of items that feature both the U.S. and Confederate flags, as well as books, DVDs, and other educational and interpretive media where the image of the Confederate flag is depicted in its historical context. However, the bookstore will no longer sell stand-alone items that solely feature the Confederate flag, including display and wearable items. Thus far, only four items have been removed. No other changes will take place on the battlefield: this includes monuments and wayside exhibit panels. In addition, all ranger-led interpretive programs and all living history programs and demonstrations will continue as normal depicting both Union and Confederate soldiers. We remain committed to providing the public with the same historically accurate and authentic programming that you have come to expect.”
Some of my southern compatriots on social media got pretty riled up about this statement. Me personally, it made me feel more at ease knowing that at Vicksburg, the political correctness wave might not have as bad of an impact upon the Mississippi River as I had previously thought.
Cities such as New Orleans, Shreveport and Richmond are already putting folks on the government payroll to conjure up elaborate plans on how to “properly” dismantle those statues that have adorned their cities for over a hundred years.
This will happen – you know that and I know that.
It seems fair to ponder that as the tidal wave grows to tsunami strength, the wave will work its way across the southern landscape.
I would like to see the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department take a stand similar to Vicksburg – that monuments inside our state parks that were placed to honor the Confederate soldiers who fought there – will remain as they are.
Already, I’ve seen one website list the Confederate marker at Jenkins’ Ferry on a “watch list” – one that lists Confederate markers in each of the southern states.
Taking a sledgehammer to those markers will not change a thing but cause an even greater divide in our country.