Opinion by C. Augustus Landis.
It is no surprise the Confederate statute and businesses in Parksley were vandalized last weekend. Self-styled social justice warrior and demagogue Jay Ford said the Black Lives Matter movement was coming to rural America and he welcomed them the Eastern Shore. All four sides of the monument are stenciled with a clenched black fist, symbol of the BLM movement.
The Editor and staff of Eastern Shore Post, in concert with Ford, led us to believe the monument stood in a prominent place where visitors to Parksley would be confronted and offended by this monument as a symbol of the white racism and black oppression endemic of the culture of the people of the Eastern Shore. They say it must be torn down and moved to a place out of public view. In fact, however, the monument already is in such a place, set back on a small parcel of land fronting on a road running alongside of the western edge of the downtown area. It is set in a residential area of older and Victorian-style homes. A visitor would have to ask where it was if they wanted to see it.
Two months ago, I challenged comrade Ford and several of his woke fellow travelers to make some comment expressing disapproval and condemnation of the destruction of memorials throughout the country, and the associated violence. Certainly, I thought, even he (they) would object to vandalizing the Tomb of Unknown soldiers of the Revolutionary War, the World War II Memorial, and memorials to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass. They would not even agree these were worthy of protection.
Why then, did Ford and his woke fellow travelers attack Parksley Town Council and a business in Cape Charles for having views other than his own “groupthink” and endeavor to shame by asserting their moral superiority? Why, now, the monument at the Courthouse in Eastville? Who and what next? Why has Ford invited the Washington Post to tell their swampy world about his cause and solicit money from beyond the Shore to tell the “REAL” history of the Shore’s oppression of black people?
To understand the who, what and why of Ford and followers as they bring the BLM movement to the Eastern Shore, it is necessary to realize their rationale is not an analytic rationale. Not chicken or egg but a chicken and egg kind of thing. Ford fancies himself as the Eastern Shore vanguard of a movement that wants to fundamentally change America. The Eastern Shore, being the oldest continuously settled area in America by English speaking (white) people, uniquely fits the agenda. Ford is spreading the epidemic virus called wokeness, cancel culture, or “groupthink.” The virus begins with a demand for ideological conformity. Diagnosis and symptoms are intolerance of opposing views, public shaming, and blinding moral certainty of the rightness of the cause.
One cannot, and should not bother to, reason or engage in a rational discussion with Ford et al. He knows nothing of Eastern shore history and wants not to learn of it. So also can it be said fo his view of the whole of the progression of Western civilization.
Ford and fellow travelers are true believers and ultimate racists. Take race out of their conversation and it becomes but an empty shell Marxist dogma.
Yes, it can happen here. As both Ford and BLM have said “We are coming to rural America” and that means to us .To paraphrase Pogo (1948-1975), a cartoon character who lived in a swamp, “We have met the enemy and he is among us”.
Note. This was written five days after the vandalizing of the statute and businesses in Parksley. There has not been a word of disapproval from Ford and fellow travelers. Nothing has been reported by the Eastern Shore Post, so eager to publish in social media their support of Ford and his cause. This is the face of what they bring to the Eastern Shore.