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Bust of Lincoln Destroyed
So this happened

The same principle behind this leads to this and this.

I told you so.  I have been saying and saying that when a society starts pulling down statues, it tends to mushroom, because people get it in their heads they can destroy all the art they dislike.  Sure it's tempting.  Everybody loves to pull down something they hate and stomp on it.  That's very gratifying.  But it's a bad idea because it destroys the past and then nobody has nice things for a long time.  It also sucks when other people pull down stuff that YOU like just because THEY don't, and there is probably not one piece of art on the planet which is liked by everyone.  

Seriously, people, stop doing this shit.  Unpopular art can be moved to a place where it won't annoy folks, but destroying it is counter-civilization.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 19th, 2017 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
What frustrates me is that the news media is doing its damnedest to rewrite American history: They've actually got the public believing that the Civil War was all about getting rid of slavery.
I wonder what these people would say if they were told that the North actually used slaves throughout the Civil War in munitions plants on the grounds that it was too dangerous for white men to do? Or that any Northern slave-owner could easily get permission to keep their slaves via claiming that they were needed "for the war effort" and by paying a small fee?
{{{Sigh.}}}
Honestly, I wish that stupid awful war really had been fought over slavery.
:^(

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 19th, 2017 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>What frustrates me is that the news media is doing its damnedest to rewrite American history: <<

Both sides have been for a long time. If you read a North-flavored textbook, it's very different from a South-flavored one, and you really need both to get any kind of perspective. Another interesting tack is to looking for analysis from outside America, which is less intimate but also less biased.

>> They've actually got the public believing that the Civil War was all about getting rid of slavery.<<

Well, it was about that, but not ALL about that. There was a lot based on state rights, and more subtly, some really dire economic and resource stuff going on.

>> I wonder what these people would say if they were told that the North actually used slaves throughout the Civil War in munitions plants on the grounds that it was too dangerous for white men to do? Or that any Northern slave-owner could easily get permission to keep their slaves via claiming that they were needed "for the war effort" and by paying a small fee? <<

Most people don't like to think about the complicated parts, alas.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 19th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

"Another interesting tack is to looking for analysis from outside America, which is less intimate but also less biased."

And that is something I hadn't considered!
:^}
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 19th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I've read a few. The British often have a very wry perspective on the North refusing to let go of the South not all that long after the Colonies rebelled against the Crown.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/16/books/16garner.html
http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-civil-war-is-not-just-for-americans
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