Allen West: Here’s the point everyone’s missing about the “Confederate symbol” uproar

Where has this divisive issue of the Confederate symbol come from? What is the driving force behind this manufactured issue? Where was this issue for the eight years of the Obama administration? If the symbology of anythng that is offensive to anyone anywhere is erased, what are we left with? Why is it important that we preserve history even if it seems offensive to some? Allen West addresses these questions in this article.

As Written By Allen B. West:

One of the great things about being born and raised in Atlanta was the abundance of history. When you can have a school field trip and take a bus ride anywhere in the city to study historical events, it’s memorable.

I remember the first time going to the Cyclorama at Grant Park to see the full 360-degree depiction of the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. And remember that book by Margaret Mitchell and movie “Gone with the Wind” were centered on our famous city of Atlanta, which was once the capitol of the Confederacy. I guess they’ll have to change the name of Atlanta. The city symbol is a Phoenix rising out of the flames and ashes, which is a matter of pride considering what Atlanta grew to become after Union General Wm. Tecumseh Sherman burned it to the ground.

I guess all those historical markers referencing the Civil War will be removed — no need to remind young students of the historic battles that took place there, and the spot where Union General McPherson was killed…namesake of Ft. McPherson in Atlanta…which once housed U.S. Army Forces Command and the U.S. Third Army Headquarters.

And so I read this bit of news from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with concern: “There has been renewed talk by residents and city officials about whether to rename Atlanta streets like Confederate Avenue following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  But, as evidenced by the editing of multiple signs bearing the name in Grant Park, not everyone was willing to wait until an official decision is made. 

A seven-member advisory committee will help Mayor Kasim Reed decide what to do about Atlanta’s “Confederate-themed” statues and street names.  A mayoral candidate, Peter Aman, said he’ll rename Confederate Avenue if he’s elected. And former Gov. Roy Barnes said Georgia State Patrol being located on Confederate Avenue sends the wrong message and should be changed. Thousands of others — more than 8,500 of them — made their thoughts known by signing a petition calling for the street “named after racist secessionists” to become something different.

Meanwhile at the Ormewood intersection, one side of the sign was edited. The “fe” in Confederate was covered by material containing the letters “si,” so drivers heading west might have thought they were on Considerate Avenue.  A few blocks down the road, part of the sign that intersects Confederate and Boulevard avenues met the nozzle-end of a spray paint can. Dark graffiti covered the white letters on its southbound side early Wednesday.”

I grew up along Boulevard Avenue as it ran right through my neighborhood, the Old Fourth Ward. I remember plenty of times passing the intersection of Boulevard and Confederate Avenue heading over to see my grandad who lived over near Lakewood stadium. I don’t ever remember feeling any sense of being offended by a street sign…funny, did anyone feel offended just a year ago?

And something tells me that the Georgia State Patrol — fine men and women – aren’t concerned about what street their regional headquarters are on; they just want to ensure citizens obey the law. But you can feel it’s coming, and things have changed as Atlanta is no longer that simple southern city. There are too many folks there from elsewhere who have no connection to the struggles and history of our famed city. And with that being the case, they feel it’s just easier to change or alter history, since it’s not to their liking.

The left has its sights on Georgia, a populous and economically thriving red state. The recent congressional special election, now the most expensive congressional election in U.S. history — eclipsing mine — should evidence the financial investment, mainly from California, the left is willing to make in my birth state. How far will this go? My parents are buried in Marietta National Cemetery. Shall the progressive socialist left go so far as to demand the removal of any and all Confederate soldier grave sites, of which there are quite a few in the state of Georgia. You know, those fellas fought against America, and to preserve the institution of slavery, and in their death, I their final resting place, I’m quite sure someone is offended. I am not.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also wrote, “Ever since the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., calls for removing Confederate memorials in Georgia have grown louder. If someone were to take up that task, they would have their work cut out for them. Georgia has the most Confederate symbols of any state after Virginia. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, compiled a list of Confederate symbols — statues, schools, counties, parks, courthouses and more — in the U.S. in a report titled “Whose Heritage?” While the analysis found Georgia had 173 symbols, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found the report had missed some names. We added them to the list, which puts the number of Confederate symbols in Georgia at 194 — the second-highest in the country. Atlanta has the most symbols of any city; Savannah is second. Fitzgerald, a south Georgia city with less than 9,000 people, is third with 12 Confederate symbols. It must be noted that Fitzgerald was founded as a town for Civil War veterans — both from the Union and Confederate armies.”

So once again we have this ideological leftist organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, determining what is acceptable. It would be interesting to see their donor list. And we all know at the top of their list is Stone Mountain, the largest high relief sculpture in the world…but it has three images from the Confederacy ……..

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