Art and History be Damned
We’ve seen this kind of thing before
In the early 1990s the Taliban became famous for defacing and destroying all traces of Buddhism in the lands around Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve seen their successors do the same things to priceless historic treasures across North Africa, Syria and Chauldia in the last few years. In their fanatical fervor, the islamic zealots have done things that cannot be undone.
And now we have a new group of fanatics trying to do the same thing in America
AJC: Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain
by Greg Bluestein – August 15, 201
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called for the removal of the giant carving that depicts three Confederate war leaders on the face of state-owned Stone Mountain, saying it “remains a blight on our state and should be removed.”
Confederate Memorial Carving
The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.
In 1912 the carving existed only in the imagination of Mrs. C. Helen Plane, charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The Venable family, owners of the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916. The UDC was given 12 years to complete a sizable Civil War monument.
Personal opinion follows:
The Civil War
America’s tragic war was a lesson on numerous levels. It was not about the slaves, except as a moment of political opportunity was used by Abraham Lincoln. The North talked broadly about freedom for the slaves, but had little love in their hearts to welcome them when they were freed. The South was stuck in an economic ditch, relying of cheap labor, but familiar with black people, and often much more charitable than the North.
I’m not whitewashing the situation, but trying to make some readers realize that the Civil War was not as clear cut as today’s snowflakes are asserting. It was not a war of Good vs Evil. A quick study of the character of the generals on both sides makes it clear how morally confused the situation was.
May America never again allow itself to be sucked into a war like this.