NAACP Leader Says Confederate Statues Not A Problem
A local leader for the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Esther Lee, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) spoke out against the removal of confederate statues, citing they are a part of American history. While she may have the whole history opinion in relation to the statues, she does hold an opinion consistent with the NAACP leadership insofar that they feel progress for black people would have come significantly further over the 108 years that the NAACP has been around.
Lee noted that it was pointless to take down the statues that have caused so much tension among far left and right opposition this week. She reiterated that the statues represented history and she vehemently disapproved of 'young people' pulling down the statues.
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When asked about the other events surrounding Charlottesville last week she was quick to point out that lives were lost because people did not want to look at a statue anymore.
To recap the event, Heather Heyer, 32, was protesting the presence of white nationalists and was killed when white supremacist / domestic terrorist mowed down pedestrians with his car. She was hit and did not survive, although others who were hit did survive their injuries. Two Virginia state troopers were also killed when their helicopter crashed as they were covering the event. That's three people who lost their life over protesting each other. The two officers would not have crashed if they didn't need to be there covering the nonsense violence that broke out between clashing enemies.
Progressives have called for the removal of Confederate statues across America.
After what happened in Charlottesville, alt-left protestors tore down a monument memorializing Confederate solders in Durham, North Carolina. In Washington, D.C., protestors are demanding that a statue in remembrance of Confederate general Albert Pike be taken down as well.
The Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania says they have not received any complaints about their myriad of monuments and site markers and that they have no plans to remove anything memorializing Confederates leaders or soldiers.
President Trump addressed the situation via Twitter reminding people that history cannot be simply erased. In a news conference, Trump called on citizens to resist the urge to topple Confederate monuments. He wasted no time in pointing out that some of our founding fathers and greatest presidents were, at one time, slave owners, more precisely George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. He posed the thought of 'where does it end?'.
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Trump's comments set the Internet and media ablaze as they have been waiting for an iota of 'gold' to harp on.
NAACP leader Esther Lee said that she wished everyone would simply join her and pray for the president. In her own words, "I would pray that he would gain the strength to do what’s necessary in the job, at least for these four years".
President Trump weighed in on the question about taking Confederate statues down by saying, "This week, it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week? Is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you do really have to ask yourself where does it stop?"
Lee kept dousing us with more sage wisdom saying that even though things may not be like how we want them to be, does not mean we should hate and hurt to win. She says, instead, we should be widening our circles of compassion.
“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. “Because somebody in their mind decided, ‘We don’t need to look at that anymore.’”
“I would pray that he would gain the strength to do what’s necessary in the job, at least for these four years,” the NAACP leader said. Americans need to “widen our circle of compassion,” according to Lee.
You would think that a civil rights leader saying something like this would be nationwide news, right? It was pretty much only covered by a local station as the mainstream media turned a blind eye to the quite rational thoughts of a respected civil rights leader. Kindness does not get ratings for the mainstream media. Fake news and making up stories, or inciting violence and racism does get ratings.
Is it our fault that mainstream media focuses on the negative news so much? If we stopped watching and reading, then would the mainstream media focus on what really matters?
Have we lost all trust in mainstream media?
Have we lost hope in ourselves that we can't even listen to this sweet woman who took the time out of her day to bless us with these words of wisdom?
We really need to think more like her.
Let's move on from the statues and create our own history. Let's work together and create something so amazing, that someone makes a statue out of one of us.
We can only hope that more people think like Esther Lee. She's an amazing person.