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OPINION — Editorial

Again, Lee's birthday

A nation must have a history

This article was published January 19, 2018 at 1:48 a.m.

Never say that the media doesn't take the easy way out. In the old days, newspaper folks used to keep headlines in type to speed things up. ("Attack in Middle East" or "Guv signs bill") Just this fall, CBS Sports ran some B-roll footage during a Saints game in New Orleans--but fans of the team and the city noticed something oddly out of place. The footage, featuring the city's landmarks as the network came back from commercial break, showed a streetcar going through Lee Circle. And passing a statue of Robert E. Lee.

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23cal says... January 19, 2018 at 8:36 a.m.

"For these days, showing, mentioning or maybe even thinking about Robert E. Lee is impolitic at best." Falsehoods and hyperbole are this editor's stock in trade. The irony of this being one more of a great many articles about Lee done by himself. Who, other than the editor, is too delusional to be unable to discern the inanity of his claim based on his own actions?
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About "Even in Lee Circle in New Orleans--Lee Circle!--the statue of the man no longer stands" What?!? How can there possibly still be a Lee Circle when "showing, mentioning or maybe even thinking about Robert E. Lee is impolitic at best."
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The editor's ability to destroy his own arguments is truly amazing. Laughable, but amazing, nonetheless.
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"The whitewashing of American history continues posthaste." This is a lie promoted to pander to people too dim or ideologically deluded to be able to tell the difference between celebrating wrong and whitewashing. It is possible and even desirable to have historical icons in places of less than honor....especially when those icons represent a time that was less than honorable. Failure to maintain a statue of Benedict Arnold in a place of honor isn't "whitewashing", and the same goes for Lee.
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"We can remember how those who fell out of favor with The Party were not only scrubbed from photographs but, through amateurish camera tricks, taken out of movies as well." But that hasn't happened and isn't happening, is it? No doubt this sky-is-falling rhetoric will continue to stir up and to instill fear in the perpetually paranoid.
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"When Robert E. Lee's nation came calling, his nation was Virginia." And our nation is America, which includes the notion that the slavery Lee fought to defend is anathema.
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Here is the elephant in the room which the editor wants to whitewash (speaking of whitewashing): You can't give the goodness of the man public honor with a statue without at the same time honoring the notion of slavery which he fought for. There is no wall of separation there.
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I get the impression that the editor is well aware of this, and his constant Lee columns go beyond not caring to a desire to promote honoring slavery and the racism which accompanied it.

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