session the Georgia Legislature passed Senate Bill 77, which expands protection
of confederate monuments in Georgia. The
bill now gives private groups the right to sue any government or person for
removing a monument that “recounts the military service of
any past or present military personnel of this state; the United States of
America or the several states thereof; or the Confederate States of America or
the several states thereof.”
First note, those who voted for this legislation are
treasonous by association. It does not
matter if it was your great great grandfather who participated in the civil
war. The Confederate States of America
attempted to be a sovereign nation.
Doesn’t matter why because the reason does not change the treason. (That
should be the title of a country song.)
The crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
Second note, let’s just think about the fact that in 2019
our state legislators spent valuable time not compensating teachers, not fixing
our crumbling infrastructure, not fixing the fact that some rural counties do
not have good medical care, but instead focused on re-protecting oversized
monuments to the past and creating additional reasons for people to sue other
people using the tax dollars that are invested into our courts.
We know why Senators Mullins of Chickamunga, Gooch from
Dahlonega, Butch Miller from Gainesville and others felt it necessary to
strengthen the already iron proof confederate monument statute. They did it because they are scared,
intimidated, and were raised during an era when American history of the south
was still white washed and romanticized.
Time we welcome them to 2019.
Georgians, I know you are frustrated that we are continuing
this race to the bottom. But fret not. The south won’t rise again as long as they are
too busy playing pretend. At some point
Georgia will catch up to the rest of America.
When it does the men that led this charge will be on the side of history
that most of us scorn, laugh at, and try to forget.
We may give a pass to those who did it in 1905. It was a way of life. Some of can look past those who did it in 1965 when they were caught up in the changes of the Civil Rights Movement. But those of you who signed on in 2002 during the flag debate and again in 2019 – start creating your apology tour now because the numbers of people still believing in the “Lost Cause” are filling up those cemeteries you are protecting. As your children and grand-children get older, they are going to wonder why “pop pop” did not just Google the truth before they voted for this legislation.
But fret not. This pretty hollow attempt to rewrite history like the daughters of the confederacy did decades ago shows one thing – they are scared. Back in the day those monuments struck fear in the hearts of blacks in the south. Now the tables have turned. They were once intended to remind minorities of the way of life that existed in the south. They were an attempt to show control. But the scramble to super-double protect these bronzed extensions to the rural Georgia GOP ego, is tipping their hand. Their innermost fears are being put on display.
But fret not. This pretty hollow attempt to rewrite history like the daughters of the confederacy did decades ago shows one thing – they are scared.
This legislation shows they are concerned about the
consistent drum beat of the Georgia NAACP, the progress of the other southern
states, and the annoying social media post of a few current and former African
American elected officials. The fact
that the senators felt a need to strengthen a statute which was already pretty
iron clad; shows they know their time in power is coming to an end. We got Trump because confederate monuments no
longer cause fear in southerners.
Fear has been replaced by embarrassment. Us southerners whisper loudly to our family
from the north, “please just ignore uncle joe in the corner and the confederate
flag on his pickup.” The northerner transplants don’t even notice these huge
wastes of space and taxpayer dollars that were protected by SB77. These same confederate symbols may as well be
a bronzed statute of Wayne Williams or Tyler Perry to all the folks moving
Frankly my friends who hate these monuments, just laugh. This legislation is a sign that they know they are losing. Luckily, this legislation as passed does not at all prohibit adding additional monikers, monuments, plaques near these bronzed fairytales.
Rather than take them down we should raise money to put placards near each one that memorializes researched facts of those being “honored” through the assistance of the Georgia General Assembly. I for one would be interested in learning the number of Americans each confederate soldier killed, the number of slaves they owned, or the number of half slave children they fathered.
When we remove the fictional romanticism and add truth let’s see how appealing the confederacy may be. The law doesn’t say we can’t add true to their lies.