In America today, it is hard to think of a person of "color" such as I am disagreeing with the Liberal Leftist ideologies as if I cared, but there is no one who has the Key to My Smokehouse. So, I rise to speak about the recent move to tear down historical monuments which is a ludicrous idea and flies in the face of what is considered historical significant.

If you follow the thought of destroying objects that one may find objectionable to a logical conclusion, then every object is subject to the same treatment. For instance, should the pyramids be torn down because they were built by the “slave labor” of Jews. Or should the “ships” be sunk because they were the vehicles which brought “slaves” to the shores of America?

Should the American military and every other institution such as school districts, government agencies, fraternities and sororities that banned someone or a group of people from its ranks be abolished? Should there be an abolition of water fountains because negros couldn’t drink from them or rest rooms that would not allow the poop of whites and black go down the same toilets be torn down?

I have lived in America’s ugly history of race relations and the objects that I have seen revered and rallied around as objects of hatred toward me have been the Bible, which was used as a justification for segregation from the pulpits of the American church, the Confederate flag and a burning Christian cross flown and burned as a terror tactic and a statement of racial separation. If so the list could go on and on.

As a history major, the value of these monuments is a valuable tool to teach and explain the “cause and effect” of actions that occurred in a society.

In the Middle East, the terrorist group ISIS has destroyed hundreds of monuments and structures that has stood for centuries and the work of thousands of archeologists who have labored to reconstruct and restore objects of history have become devalued as a waste of time and money and an anathema to history.

I have been to almost every city where there have been Confederate legacies from plantations with slave quarters to cities with statues of Confederate officers and I have taken pictures of them without the feeling of hatred toward them but instead intelligent recognition of the context of which they stood.

As a person who has majored in the history the world in which we live, I implore you to think of the value of the visible history from which we came not as a celebration of hate, but as George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

In this case there will not be anything to remember because you will not be able to see it.

So, why tear down this wall?

Pastor Morris A. Curry, Jr.


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