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NAACP Leader Opposes Vandalism of Confederate Memorials

Written by Joe Scudder

The NAACP leader points out that destroying or vandalizing statues doesn’t change anything about our history.

This NAACP leader probably spoke out against the vandalism because she realizes that removing statues isn’t going to do anything to improve the lives of African Americans. In that case, the campaign against the monuments is a huge waste of time and a distraction from important issues that actually affect the lives of minorities.

The Federalist reports, “NAACP Leader: I Disapprove Of Pulling Down Confederate Statues.”

A top NAACP leader on Tuesday publicly spoke out against the move to tear down memorials to Confederate soldiers in the wake of racial violence in Charlottesville, saying that destroying a statue won’t change our nation’s history. Esther M. Lee, the president of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, chapter of the NAACP, told a local news station that violence around the issue was simply not worth it.

“You know that’s history. That was in that point in time,” Lee said, according to WFMZ. “You can’t eliminate what history is. So I disapprove with young people pulling down those statues.”

“A young woman died. Two officers were murdered in a plane crash and all for what?” Lee asked.

From her words, I think she also realizes that the wish to destroy monuments is giving white nationalists a reason to protest (as a PR opportunity) and then Leftists come fight with them. Why give them the opportunity?

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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