Response to Representative Presnell Statement
It's disgraceful to watch people vandalize confederate monuments first of all anyone caught should be punished to the fullest extent of the law these monuments don't represent slavery if these people would check history the slavery issue didn't start the civil war but was brought about later. also there were many slave owners were in the north, and if anyone wants to check history the first slaves sold to americans were not black but white. In my opinion there are just some people who want to play the race card when some event happens for an excuse to burn businesses, automobiles, break into businesses and steal, commit murder along with a long list of crimes. A very big player in causing tensions to build to a point of no return is some media outlets. I am no racist or bigot but someone help me understand why when something happens to a white person that has happened to a black person that a mob of white people don't gather and burn,rob and break numerous laws. and why is it that our current president makes a statement that when two groups of people engage in a fight that both sides share in blame. but if people remember former president obama invited members of black lives matter to come to white house? I don't remember the media reporting it for days or white people marching the streets in protest. Back to the monuments some people say that any monument from the civil war should come down because it offends them, if all the monuments were taken down do you think these people would be happy in my opinion no they would just move to the next thing on their list note: their are blacks whites and others that fall in this category. Also none of us was alive during the civil war just because some peoples ancestors were slaves or slave owners fought for the north or south has nothing to do with us, Think about this in everyones family there are some of our kin who did something that offends us or someone but should i or anyone be held accountable in any way for the choices they made NO! I believe that anyone that treats blacks,whites differently are wrong however what my great-great grandpappy or any other of my relatives did wrong they are the ones who have to pay for their sins not me, only my own. Some people are holding on to what happened during a dark time of civil war 1861-1865 what about what happened on 9/11 the government said we the American people didn't need to see those planes flying into the world trade centers or pentagon or the footage of the fallen buildings,rescue attempts not even the cleanup and the media stopped showing it or anyone speaking about the one's responsible if the media would stop flocking to every rally of any kind it would go a long way in defusing the violence but will this happen in my opinion NO for the simple reason there are some who work very hard to keep racism alive.
As a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant my ancestors were tied to stakes and burned alive for their religious beliefs which forced them to leave their homeland in England and come to a strange land where they could worship God the way they wanted to. With this knowledge I have no desire to go deface the local Catholic church or demand that statues of Catholic Popes who caused this persecution to be taken down. I'm grateful for what my ancestors endured...without their pain and what it led their families to do as a result, I would not live in America today. I would not enjoy the freedom to speak my mind without fear of a firing squad or being burned at the stake. As a nation it's important for us to realize the importance of history. Every story, both good and bad, is a building block in who we are today. There is an adage that says "Those who forget the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them". No one believes slavery was a good thing. It was a terrible, horrific institution that should never have been in existence. But the fact that it happened allowed the descendants of those slaves to live in a free America and enjoy all the benefits we enjoy today in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Instead of taking down monuments of famous people from the past, we should learn from their mistakes and focus on leaving a legacy for future generations worthy of our own monuments.
As a minority female, I'm thankful my family never brought it to my attention that I was a different color and play the race card to get my way. These statues have never crossed my mind nor limited me from improving my life. Those who feel it's bigotry and racism appear to be racist themselves. It's bigotry to play the equality card unless it's an event benefiting the "Lives" agenda. If these statues offend you, please NEVER NEVER visit Europe or any other country where they do discriminate and there is NOTHING you can do about it.
We all are aware that what happened during civil war times were cruel. I do not condone the things that were done on plantations and other farms. But I for one am so tired of being branded bigot, racist, hater!! We in this generation had nothing to do with what happened then, they all have stood before a righteous God and give account for what they did. Where does all this stop? I wonder if I was offended at my neighbor's grandfather's gravestone that depicted him to be an outstanding pillar of the community, knowing well that he was a crook, swindle r, gambler, drunk, wife beater, I wonder if I could put him in the same category as hater, bigot, liar, that would give me the right to remove that headstone because I was offended about the stories i "heard"of him though I did not know him? Where does it end? By the way I doubt most folks who use those words really know what they mean since we no longer teach American history, I wonder how they know what the civil war w was about anyway
I usually don't respond to opinion statements because that is all they are. One persons opinion. But my mother was a school teacher and she always taught us that the words people used were what they were. You have used the word racism and bigotry so much that I can only conclude that this is really what you are. Through pushing these words and causing more trouble and hate the next person that is hurt or killed will the blood be on your hands. You mentioned religion, but how many of God's laws have you just broken. More Americans were killed during the Civil War than other wars put together. Destroy all history of the South, the flag or any memorials and pretend it never existed, then who or what will people have to to blame their failings on. What will people tell their grandchildren about their roots when this time in history no longer existed. But as I said earlier "this is only my opinion"
Mrs. Presnell. These confederate monuments represent hate, racism and bigotry to many people. They should come down. You say these monuments are preserving the past and heritage of Americans. To some it is their past and heritage where racism, hate and bigotry still abides in their hearts and minds. Racism, hate and bigotry needs to be erased forever. The taking down of these monuments is a good start. You have got to learn what these monuments stand for. It wasn't about the rights of states but about racism, hate and bigotry. Many people see it that way even the people you are standing up for. They have these cruel and evil ideologies in their hearts and minds. Mrs. Presnell, you are promoting and advocating for racism, hate and bigotry when you stand against taking these monuments down. Governor Cooper is right when he says these monuments should come down. The times of the Civil War is a painful part of history for African Americans and people who advocate against racism and bigotry. I know there are many racists and closet racists in the south who don't want to admit that they are racists and bigots. Promoting and advocating for monuments that stand for racism and bigotry does not help the education of these people but makes them more uneducated. Many people who go to some churches are indoctrinated with conservatism rather than religion. It appears that part of conservatism is bigotry. Many people have been deceived and brainwashed by conservatism. Conservatism is a cruel ideology that opposes the teachings of Jesus. These people can't seem to contrast the difference between conservatism and religion. Keep them monuments coming down. Keep racism, hate and bigotry out of our country. It is un-American and not anywhere near what America stands for.