Charlottesville

Charlottesville

James Chamberlin

The black-white confrontation in Charlottesville will not go away.  It is still cited as evidence of white supremacy or some other kind of white evil.  It is important to remember that it was started by the people opposed to Confedrate monuments, who insisted on removing the ones that had been there for decades.  There was violence, and some white thugs were involved in it, but it takes two to make a fight.  The anti-white demonstrators were not non-violent.  A white woman was killed, but it does not appear that the man who killed her was part of an organized effort to kill protesters; he was driven by his own demons. 

I don’t support Trump on many things, but I agree with him that there were good people on both sides.  By removing the statues, Charlottesville basically said to Confederate sympathizers, “We hate you; we hate your father, your mother, your grandfather, your grandmother.”  It was not a good way to start.   It is not an excuse, but it does mean that the Confederate-haters were not without fault. 

General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson were good men who fought bravely for their land and families.  They do not deserve to be dishonored as they were by the city of Charlottesville. 

On the other hand, George Floyd of Black Lives Matter fame was a pretty worthless petty criminal, a poor example for the black community to hold up as a model.  He did not deserve to be killed, but he can’t hold a candle to Robert E. Lee.