Has the Confederate statue issue reached peak stupidity?

In the 1980s and 1990s the concept of Repressed Memory attained wide public awareness after percolating in the academia since 1896, when it was identified by Sigmund Freud in his essay Zur Ätiologie der Hysterie (“On the etiology of hysteria”). All went well till the people started recalling encounters with UFOs and visiting aliens on other planets. That was the start of the end of Repressed Memory concept and it died completely after a series of scandals, lawsuits, and license revocations.

Perhaps this whole Confederate statues issue is reaching the same point of absurdity. Here are some examples.

Traveler, USC’s mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee’s horse

Confederate flag ‘looking’ tiles to be removed from subway

Joan of Arc statue in French Quarter tagged with ‘Tear It Down’ graffiti

Group calls for removal of Christopher Columbus statue downtown

Black Pastors Ask Smithsonian to Remove Bust of Planned Parenthood Founder

Work crew removes Taney statue from Maryland State House grounds

Who knows what examples tomorrow’s news will bring us. Perhaps redesign of the Roman numeral “X” because it looks too similar to the Confederate flag below? Perhaps remove the statues of Malcolm X because his last name is lifted right off the Confederate flag? Oh sorry, it is already in the works! Statue of Malcolm X in Oakland Should Be Removed

As for those guys walking around with tiki torches, anybody who walks around with those torches without serving Mai Tai is a fool.

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old white guy

for decades millions of people walked by these statues, sat on them, and did not know or care who or what they represented. Trump gets elected and now they are evil monuments to the god of racism . people really are getting more and more stupid.

Bill

You are correct there were millions of people walked by these statues, sat on them, and did not know or care who or what they represented. For decades some of these people supported these confederate symbols and what they represented but have now changed view point (just as most have regarding slavery). Others have always reviled these symbols but had no power to seek to remove them. In fact to do so (even in the not so distant past) would most probably result in physical retribution– particularly in the Christian South during the time where Southern Baptist Pastors and Deacons were running around in KKK outfits terrorizing folks. these people always reviled confederate statutes/flags and the ideals they represented but are just now getting the power to strategize to get them removed.

Also, the demographic changes in America is a fundamental cause of this change of view. American Whites are no longer producing enough offspring to even replace those who died while Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims, Asians have birth rates that are, on average, well above their collective death rates. This higher birth-rate/death-rate ratio has and will continue to result in ever increasing political/social/economic power.

The changing points of view regarding confederate symbols are not a result of stupidity.

Jan Scheit

There is no peak anything on the left. And rational people, who almost invariably occupy the right side of the political spectrum, already know where that leads.

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