Calls for digging up civil war generals and their wives, removing any symbol of the confederacy, and even painting over the confederate battle emblem on the Dukes of Hazzard show-care the General Lee are gaining steam.
It’s all symbol over substance. Not a single black teenager will find a job after all the flags and Civil War memorabilia are destroyed and what little remains is relegated to the far corners of dusty museums.
In addition, the shootings and murders in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Little Rock, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Oakland (Ca.) where the Confederate flag does not fly and where most people have never seen a statue of a Confederate soldier or general.
Civil War memorabilia are not contributing to the death of black people as the following statistics show:
“St. Louis is 44 percent white and 49 percent black, but statistics show a racial imbalance in crime. Based on the city’s official crime data for 2012 — the most recent year which data are available — 97.6 percent of those arrested for murder were black and 2.4 percent were white.”
According to the “Crime in the United States 2013” report issued by the FBI, “the black disaster zone of Detroit, MI, kept its notorious status as the most dangerous city in the nation with no less than 14,504 violent crimes, including 316 murders, during 2013. . . . Black-dominated Gary, IN, had the nation’s highest murder rate among cities above 50,000 but under 100,000 population.”
The call to sandblast the Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain, Georgia, often referred to as the Confederate Mount Rushmore, won’t do one thing to change the above statistics…
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