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Statues And History


September 4, 2017

As President John Adams famously said, “Facts are stubborn things.”

For 78 days in 1964, led by Albert Gore Sr. and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Kleagle, Robert Byrd, Senate Democrats filibustered the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. Byrd ended with a 14-hour stint. Byrd is currently honored by 400 bridges, schools, highways, etc., in West Virginia. With the help of 27 Republicans, President Johnson got the bill passed. It took several years for the Justice Department to stop the Democratic “Jim Crow” laws from stalling its intended effects.

In 1891, the largest single U.S. lynching took place in Democrat-controlled New Orleans. Eleven Italian-American workers (whom the Democrats called “Dagos”), acquitted of killing a corrupt local sheriff, were assaulted by a large mob egged on by Mayor Shakespeare and were lynched on the spot. A 1999 film, “Vendetta” was made about this tragedy.

Between 1880-1890 there were 58 lynchings (9 whites) in North Carolina, many in the Raleigh and Durham areas. All are documented in scholarly works by various N.C. universities.

During WWII President Roosevelt ordered the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-American citizens.

Twelve of our presidents were slave owners including Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. You will recognize these names and what they did for us at the risk of their lives.

The early Vanderbilts and the Ochs-Sulzberger family (N.Y. Times founders) were also slave owners.

But my very favorite fact, only recently reported, was that the Confederate statues just taken down in Baltimore were installed and dedicated by Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s father, then Mayor of Baltimore, who in his dedication speech allegedly praised Lee for “defending sacred institutions.”

Robert E. Lee owned no slaves. He was asked by Lincoln to command The Union Army and was later honored by his victorious opponent, General U.S. Grant, for assisting in bringing unity to the country.

In his seminal (and scary) novel “1984,” George Orwell wrote, “Every statue has been renamed ….History has stopped….” Eerie and dangerous similarities are happening now.

Jack Matthews

Osprey, Fla


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