Bridging the Gap: Does America Need National Slavery Monuments?
There's a lot of talk in South Carolina about how the confederate flag will be displayed now that it no longer flies in front of the SC State House. A recent proposal suggests that the flag be displayed in the Confederate Relic Room because of it's historic value. An article published in by a local news station suggested that this display could cost more than $5 million. "In addition to the $5.3 million cost for the project, there would also be $416,000 in annual operating expenses for the display." (via WLTX)
While there are thousands of monuments commemorating the Confederacy and men that history says were "great men", there is little speak of those who prospered despite the oppressive works of these "great men".
Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle suggest that it is time to "tell the truth about slavery":
"White Americans have long used monuments to propagate a flawed understanding of slavery and its role in the Civil War. When Charlestonians raised a memorial to the South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun in 1896, they praised his dedication to truth, justice and the Constitution — ignoring his devotion to slavery, which he famously called “a positive good.”
Hundreds of similar monuments convinced generations of white Southerners, and others, that the Confederacy had gone to war to defend states’ rights, liberty and the Southern way of life. Anything but slavery." (Read the entire New York Times article HERE)
African Americans have been "free" and considered "equal" for only 50 years.
Only 50 years to learn to parent children that they weren't able to parent before because children were sold to other plantations. Only 50 years, to marry as they saw fit and learn how to build a strong family unit, because women were raped and used as breeders and men were sold to other plantations leaving no father in the home.
Only 50 years, but many say stop playing the race card and stop dwelling on slavery as if these things are irrelevant or fictitious. The progress that African Americans have made despite the destruction of the black family unit for hundreds of years is mind blowing. Further proof that WE WILL ALWAYS RISE.
When will America (as a whole) acknowledge the ugly truth of slavery; the rape, murder, terrorism, beating, and torture of human beings? Will there ever be an effort to bridge the gap that hundreds of years of terroristic acts has caused in the progression of the African American?
The effects of slavery still thrive today; in African Americans and Caucasians.
Our education system perpetuates those effects by not educating society (our children) about the realities of slavery. By not telling the whole story, leaving out important facts, heroes, and hard truths, our education system is hurting America's progress.
We have to acknowledge the free labor, strength, and resilience of the African American slave that it was built on. Until steps are taken to enhance the lives of millions of people who still deal with the effects of slavery, America won't be able to realize all of the greatness that it could be.
Bust & burial place of Civil War Hero, Robert Smalls.
Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, became a ship's pilot, sea captain, and politician. He freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, and sailing it from Confederate controlled waters to the U.S. blockade. His example and persuasion helped convince President Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. (Wiki)
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