A.C. Wharton, the mayor of Memphis, wants the remains of Nathan Bedford Forrest dug up and moved along with a statue dedicated to the Civil War figure.
It’s part of a larger effort to more or less eradicate the South of its Civil War and antebellum history. Such is the hysteria we live with these days. The hypersensitivity in the wake of the South Carolina church shooting is really non-sensical. No Condeferate emblem, no monument, no dead general caused those shootings in 2015. Scrubbing the South of its history won’t prevent further acts of evil. It’s time to get back to reality and stop overreacting. There are plenty of monuments commemorating the Civil War and the individuals who were involved back then. It was a dark period in our history. Because we choose to remember that history does not mean we are glorifying it or wish to go back to those days.
We remember our history because we are a civilized society. Civilized people make an effort to remember their history, both the good and the bad parts.