by Al Benson Jr.
Watching, in the last week or so, the frantic and rabid efforts of the compassionate, multi-cultural politically correct crowd almost reminds me of a bunch of mad wolves fighting over the carcass of some dead animal. The smell of Southern blood has driven them insane.
To label their efforts as Cultural Genocide almost seems to be too charitable. What they are trying to do to the South is Ethnic Cleansing at its worst.
I read one article where they want to cut an image of the Confederate battle flag out of a stained glass window in the National Cathedral. There have been proposals to have grocery stores ban the sale of Aunt Jemima Syrup and Uncle Ben’s Rice. I suppose if these items were renamed “Aunt Ellen’s Syrup” and “Uncle Ralph’s Rice” and had new pictures of white folks on the packaging then that would be okay. Anything other than that would be considered rank stereotyping in the politically correct (Cultural Marxist) mindset.
Most of these efforts at Cultural Marxism (let’s call it what it really is) have gotten to the point of being downright ludicrous. But as foolish and insidious as all this is, the city of Memphis, Tennessee has got to take the cake for how far (left) you can try to push the Southern envelope and still claim to be “relevant” (sane?).
According to an article by Todd Starnes, which appeared on several Internet sites: “Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and remove them from a city park in the latest and most despicable example of the anti-Southern cleansing spreading across the nation…In addition to desecrating the graves, Wharton wants to tear down a massive statue honoring the Confederate general who was involved in organizing the Ku Klux Klan. The bodies of Forrest and his wife would be relocated to a cemetery.” How charitable! I guess we should rejoice that at least they are willing to rebury the bodies–probably in some out of the way spot as far off the beaten track as possible.
Wharton, a black Democrat, complains that “This is not just an ordinary monument. This is a monument to a man who was the avowed founder of the organization that has as its purpose the intimidation and oppression of black folks.” Sorry, Mayor, but you are a little off base with some of this. The current Klan has nothing whatever to do with whatever Forrest was accused of founding, and there is still historical controversy today over just how much Forrest really had to do with the founding of the original Klan. And if you want to know why the original Klan was founded, go and read Claude Bowers’ book The Tragic Era. Find out what some of the black militias did during what they call “reconstruction.”
But whatever Forrest did or didn’t have to do with the original Klan he was buried well over 100 years ago. He died in October of 1877. As the politically correct are so fond of telling us here in the South–“get over it!” You can’t change the history, although you are trying mightily–and when someone works that hard to change the history so that future generations don’t really know much about it except for the politically correct version, I naturally get suspicious.
Starnes noted in his article: “I shudder to imagine what’s next in this Stalinist-style cultural purging of the Southern states.” Starnes recognizes this for what it really is–a Stalinist cultural purge. Marxist Critical Theory in living color! Many have accused Southerners of not getting over the War, yet those who accuse them of that now show they are guilty of the same thing they accuse Southerners of. Of course, in their case, it’s not guilt–it’s “combatting racism” and they have chosen to combat that with more “racism” of their own. Is anyone really surprised? Just remember, we are dealing with Marxist mentalities here and what’s okay for them is off limits for you and me. That’s how this game is played. Remember, Communist flags and State of Islam flags and the memorabilia that goes with them is all okay. Only the Confederate flag needs to be purged–no doubt to make room for some kind of Communist flag. This should tell you something about the worldview of those you are dealing with.
The three main adversaries to Christian and Southern culture have always been liberalism, socialism, and communism. It’s no different in our day. This is your opposition and you had better start to realize that. And you, if you are Christian, had also better start to realize who is behind this opposition–the one who according to Scripture, “goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”