Special to the Mirror by Paul Plante.
As we watch, more and more of the history of America gets attacked on a day-to-day basis.
For example, just the other day, we had an article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel entitled “Madison protesters tear down Capitol statues, attack state Senator from Milwaukee as fury erupts again” by Molly Beck and Lawrence Andrea on 24 June 2020, where we were informed of yet another racially-motivated night of violence in America, as follows:
MADISON – Fury exploded outside the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday night as protesters smashed windows at the statehouse, attacked a state senator, and tore down two iconic statues — including one of an abolitionist who died trying to end slavery during the Civil War.
The unrest began earlier Tuesday following the arrest of a Black man who was arrested after bringing a megaphone and a baseball bat into a Capitol square restaurant.
Protesters, chanting for the release of the man who’d been arrested earlier, also broke glass at the Tommy Thompson Center on West Washington Avenue, smashed windows and lights at the state Capitol, and set a small fire at the Dane County jail before police arrived just before 1 a.m.
The destruction followed similar incidents in cities nationwide following the death of Floyd in Minneapolis.
But in other cities, statues of Confederate soldiers and other symbols of slavery were destroyed.
In Madison, statues of Wisconsin’s motto “Forward” and of Col. Hans Christian Heg were dragged away from their spots guarding the statehouse.
Heg was an anti-slavery activist who fought and died for the Union during the U.S. Civil War.
His nearly 100-year-old sculpture was decapitated and thrown into a Madison lake by protesters.
Ah, yes, symbols of slavery, even though in that case, they weren’t, where a statue of an anti-slavery activist who fought and died for the Union during the U.S. Civil War was beheaded by ISIS in America and thrown into a lake.
But does that really matter anymore, who the statues were or weren’t?
And of course it doesn’t!
Mob violence is unthinking violence, afterall.
If the mob thinks something smacks of slavery, that is all that is needed for them to mindlessly destroy it, just as ISIS destroys cultural artifacts in Iraq and Syria to remove the past from the lives of people today, as people with no history are easily manipulated.
Which takes us to an article in the New York Post entitled “Family of woman portrayed as Aunt Jemima opposes rebrand saying ‘we do not want that history erased’” by Jackie Salo published June 22, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. ET, where we were informed as follows:
The family of a Texas woman who once portrayed Aunt Jemima has called on the breakfast brand to reconsider its decision to scrap the ubiquitous fixture from its products.
Vera Harris said the family takes pride in Quaker Oates scouting her second cousin Lillian Richard to become a brand representative in 1925, news station KLTV reported.
“She was considered a hero in [her hometown of] Hawkins, and we are proud of that.”
“We do not want that history erased,” Harris said.
Harris said Richard worked for the company for 23 years, traveling around as Aunt Jemima to serve pancakes until she suffered a stroke.
“She made an honest living out of it for a number of years.”
“She toured around Texas,” Harris said, noting there “wasn’t a lot of jobs, especially for black women back in that time.”
Harris said the family was upset by Quaker Oates’ announcement last week that it would rebrand Aunt Jemima products because the character’s origins are “based on a racial stereotype.”
“We want the world to know that our cousin Lillian was one of the Aunt Jemimas and she made an honest living.”
“We would ask that you reconsider just wiping all that away,” Harris said.
“I wish we would take a breath and not just get rid of everything, because good or bad, it is our history.”
“Removing that wipes away a part of me — a part of each of us.”
What racial stereotype?
What kind of rank BULL**** is that?
I grew up poor in the country in a place with cold winters when pancakes were a staple, and I always took a great deal of comfort seeing Aunt Jemima’s smiling face there on the kitchen table waiting for me, and like the members of her family, I too do not want to see that history be erased.
And my goodness, even a ride at Disneyworld is being considered “racist” because it is based on Walt Disney’s movie “Song of the South,” which I saw in a fancy big-city movie theater with uniformed ushers when I was young.
Which brings us to an NBC News article entitled “‘They committed treason’: Pelosi pushes for removal of Confederate statues, military base names” by Rebecca Shabad on June 11, 2020, where we had as follows:
She said Thursday that “public sentiment is everything” and now, “the timing might be just right” to remove these artifacts as the nation confronts systemic racism.
“They committed treason against the United States,” Pelosi said of Jefferson Davis and Alexander, the president and vice president of the Confederate states respectively.
That statement by Nancy Pelosi about Jefferson Davis committing treason against the United States brought me back in time to 7th grade American history, and the fact that lo and behold, just like Nancy Pelosi, Jefferson Davis was a Democrat.
As a member of the Democratic Party, Jefferson Davis represented Mississippi in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives before the American Civil War.
Speaking of enduring symbols of slavery in America, before the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis operated a large cotton plantation in Mississippi, which his brother Joseph gave him, and owned as many as 113 slaves.
As to ditzy Nancy’s false assertion that Democrat Jefferson Davis committed treason, high school history which Nancy never apparently learned says otherwise, to wit:
After Davis was captured in 1865, he was accused of treason and imprisoned at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia.
He was never tried and was released after two years.
As to Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the American politician who served as the vice president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865, and later as the 50th Governor of Georgia from 1882 until his death in 1883, he too, not surprisingly, since it was the Democrats who seceded from the United States so they could own black people as slaves, was a member of the Democratic Party, representing the state of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives prior to becoming Governor.
So there we are, people, two for two with regard to enduring symbols of slavery in America being Democrats!
And why shouldn’t they be, given the most enduring symbol of slavery in the United States today isn’t Aunt Jemima – it is the Democrat Party of Nancy Pelosi!
When we are tearing down every single possible symbol of our past that might in the remotest way possible remind us of slavery, why are we giving the Democrat party, the very people who gave us racism and slavery in this nation, a free pass?
If there is any symbol of slavery and racism in America that needs to be torn down and relegated to the trashbin of history where it belongs, it is the Democrat party itself!