Not ‘Nice’ People

Aug 21, 2017

To the Editor:

Mitt Romney said, “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally not the same.” I agree.

A “save the statue” group pulled out of the Charlottesville demonstration after seeing the Aug. 11 performance of the Nazis and white supremacists marching while yelling racial and anti-Semitic slurs, wearing Nazi swastikas and giving Nazi salutes. Some of that “save the statue” group might be “nice” people.

Anyone standing with the Nazis and white supremacists the next day while they again yelled racial and anti-Semitic slurs gave their support to the Nazis and white supremacists. They are not “nice” people; “nice” people would have left the demonstration.

Most Civil War statues were put up during the 1920s (like Lee in Charlottesville). This was a time, just after Reconstruction, of great bigotry and KKK activity. This is why many people feel these statues represent traitors and the cause of slavery and should be removed. Anyone who believes that the Civil War was not fought over slavery should read the Declaration of Secession from every Confederate state. All but one says that the reason for secession was to maintain slavery.

In the 1960s many southern states put Confederate flags on state and local government buildings. It was an in-your-face response to the civil rights movement. These flags had nothing to do with history. That is why many people feel they should and have come down.

Joe O’Neill



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