The New York Times (NYT) published an editorial that claimed the US Military celebrates white supremacy on Memorial Day. They had access to millions of stories of the fallen, but they chose to write something else. The editorial was, “Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?” Leftists demand the renaming of US military bases because some were individuals from the Confederacy. Memorial Day is about our fallen. But the NYT chose to make it about division.
On a solemn day for remembering those that have given their lives for our country fighting against tyranny and subjugation, the NYT has more than a million possible stories of the ultimate sacrifice by American patriots that they could tell. But they don’t. pic.twitter.com/xMiaHuTxN1
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The premise of the editorial is that the names of the bases in the South are heinous and racist because of the historical figures they are named after. Example: Fort Benning, Georgia.
“…the names represent not only oppression before and during the Civil War, but also state-sponsored bigotry after it…Bases named for men who sought to destroy the Union in the name of racial injustice are an insult to the ideals servicemen and women are sworn to uphold — and an embarrassing artifact of the time when the military itself embraced anti-American values. It is long past time for those bases to be renamed.” NYT
Historical figures are just that – historical. The US Military has stated that the names are individuals, not causes or political ideology.
“The editorial also pointed to another Georgia base named after a Confederate general, John Brown Gordon, writing that by naming the base after him, “the federal government venerated a man who was a leader of the Georgia Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War and who may have taken on a broader role in the terrorist organization when its first national leader — a former Confederate general, Nathan Bedford Forrest — suffered declining health.”
Let’s set the record straight here. Confederal General Nathan Bedford Forrest had black men who followed him into battle in the Civil War. Are there injustices in our history? Absolutely. Are there racism and hate still? Of course there is. That’s what is important about history…it is supposed to teach us to be better. Erasing it does nothing for our future.
A black man fighting to save Southern heritage
H.K. Edgerton is the ancestor of one of the men who fought alongside a Confederate General, part of the Sons of Confederacy, and a member of the Save Southern Heritage Florida organization. Facebook took down one of his pages, calling it “hate speech.”
“I who would don the uniform of the Southern soldier with the Southern Cross in hand, marching some 1,600.1 miles from Asheville, North Carolina to the Supreme Court building in Austin, Texas on the Historic March Across Dixie while receiving from the black Mayor in Toccoa, Georgia, the Key to their City, and not to forget, the Key to the City of Carthage, Texas, that I who on the aforementioned journey (MAD) would receive a Proclamation from the Mayor of Logansport, Louisiana declaring it HK Edgerton Day for showcasing the history of the African peoples place of honor alongside a man before, during, and after the War for Southern Independence that they called not only Master, but also family and friend, that I who hold more Honorary Memberships in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-profit Heritage organization, than any man alive, that I who hold Honorary and Associate Memberships in the United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapters, and is a recipient of their Jefferson Davis Medal………” HK Edgerton
He is referring to Nathan Bedford Forrest. And yes, HK is a black man. He is proud of his Southern Heritage, and seeks to preserve it, not tear it apart. Many people, both white and black in the South, are equally proud of their heritage. It’s a heritage of family, honor, and sacrifice.
In the name of political correctness, the movement to destroy history rages across the nation thanks to rags like the NYT, WaPo, and others. It is wrong. The Civil War fought across family lines in a terrible, bloody conflict. If we forget that, if we forget the pain inflicted on our ancestors whether north or south by that war, then we are doomed to repeat it. We must not forget the devastation wrought by division.
The United States Military is not “celebrating white supremacy” on Memorial Day. Today is about sacrifice – and our history contains much sacrifice on every side, in every race and ethnicity. The NYT would do well to stop their clarion call for more division, and remember the sacrifices of those who have fought in our nation’s battles.
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