[VIDEO] Condoleezza Rice Comments On Trend Of Removing Civil War Monuments
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an appearance on Fox and Friends to promote her book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, and while there, she was asked about the efforts to remove Civil War monuments in the South.
Over the course of many years, Leftist Social Justice Warriors have attempted to erase and sometimes rewrite the history of the United States, claiming that by doing so, they are erasing symbols of racism in the country.
Among their targets have been Confederate Flags, memorials dedicated to soldiers of the Confederate Army, and even memorials dedicated to the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Rice was first asked about whether or not she agreed with the Left’s sentiments that some Founding Fathers statues should be taken down on the basis that they were slave owners of their day.
“When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing.”
Rice also mentioned that she recognized the importance of knowing history and of keeping history before you.
“I am a firm believer in, ‘Keep your history before you.’ And so, I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners.
I want us to have to look at those names, and recognize what they did, and be able to tell our kids what they did and for them to have a sense of their own history.”
Rice concluded that it has been a long road from slavery to where we are today, and that road has been filled with strife, violence, and conflict.
However, she explained, although she wished that the Founding Fathers were completely comprised of abolitionists, they were people of their times.
In other words, during the founding of America, slavery was a global institution that was a part of every society, in some way.
To put it another way that may be more relatable, think of the issue of abortion in today’s day in age.
Abortion is a legal procedure that ends the life of the most innocent members of a society before they are born, or in some cases, while they are being born. It can be argued that abortion removes the humanity of unborn children by making the argument that they are not human until they are breathing outside of the womb, and showing vital signs that are independent of the mother.
At the time of the founding of the country, slavery was a legal institution that removed the humanity of a segment of the population, labeling them as property instead. During that time period, African-Americans were treated by Southern Democrats as they would a hammer or a step-stool that they owned.
There are many people who are against abortions, and there are many people who are for abortions. In the same way, there were many people, at the founding of the country, who were against slavery, and there were people who were for it. No matter where you fell on the issue of slavery in the 19th century or where you fall on the issue of abortion in the 20th century, it’s a mark of the times.
As in the case of slavery, there may come a day in the distance future where abortion is seen as inhumane, and outlawed. Americans may look back on abortion as an evil practice, just as they do with slavery.
Would we discount the accomplishments of everybody in this era because there were people who engaged in the practice of actively ending pregnancies?
Would we erase Hillary Clinton from the history books, for example, because she openly advocated for abortions, and claimed that aborting unborn babies was a constitutional right? Would we rename Barack Obama Ave because he, as an Illinois Senator, stood against providing care for infants who survived partial birth abortions?
What do you think about the Left’s agenda of erasing history and monuments dedicated to American veterans?
Let us know, and you can watch the Condoleeza Rice interview below:
Source: Independent Journal Review