by Al Benson Jr.
Member Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Just last evening I received an article from the Virginia Flaggers which illustrated our continuing problem with cultural Marxism this year in the South.
The article stated, in part, that: “Following the lead of disgraced New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor Levar Stoney has chosen to tow the PC line of the NAACP and SPLC, who have supported the false narrative that our monuments and memorials are somehow tied to ‘racism, slavery, Jim Crow, and white supremacy.’ This false narrative has gained traction with the left, who has successfully used it to convince politicians to take up their cause of attempting to remove every trace of the Confederacy from public view. Mr. Stoney appears to have caved to their pressure.”
The article went on to note the overwhelming support of the vast majority of citizens in Virginia who just want their monuments left alone. But let’s face it, folks, that is not going to happen because that does not suit the agenda of the Far Left. The article said that the fake narrative of what the monuments are all about “gained traction” with the Left. From what I have read and seen over the last thirty years or so, the false narrative about our monuments and flags was originated by the Left. They didn’t just happen to latch onto it as it moved on by–they started the movement to begin with. Let us not hesitate to give credit where it is due!
With all this in mind, I did a little digging to see if I could find out where Mayor Stoney was coming from prior to his being elected as Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. It wasn’t that hard to find and it turned out to be pretty much what I expected.
Turns out that Stoney worked as an organizer for the 2004 campaign of John Kerry. According to Wikipedia ” In 2004 Stoney traveled to Wisconsin to work with the local Democratic Party in a ‘get out the vote’ effort. Five of his colleagues would later be charged with slashing the tires of a van meant to be used to drive Republican voters to the polls. Stoney initially lied to police claiming he had no knowledge of the incident. He would later admit to FBI investigators that he was present in the Democratic campaign offices after his colleagues came in to brag about slashing the tires. Stoney then went on to testify against his colleagues…After questioning during a committee meeting with Virginia Republican lawmakers about his indiscretion, it was accepted as ‘an isolated, youthful mistake’.” It may have been a mistake, but let’s don’t kid ourselves, Mayor Stoney, as his background shows, is a cultural Marxist. Later he worked for the Democratic Party of Virginia for three years, where he ended up being the Executive Director. In that capacity he worked handily with Barack Obama’s presidential campaign back in 2008.
He won his mayorship in Richmond against seven other candidates–with 35% of the vote. Hardly a landslide!
He can’t take Richmond’s Confederate monuments down–there is a law in Virginia that prevents that. So as long as he is unable to remove them, he will declare his cultural Marxist jihad against them in another way–under the guise of presenting “context” about the monuments, he will issue disingenuous prevarications regarding them. In other words, whatever “context” will, in the future, be presented regarding Confederate monuments, it will, shall we say, be slightly less than accurate. If we understand (and we should be learning by now) how the cultural Marxists operate, this should not surprise us in the least. It would be worthwhile, if somehow it could be done, for there to be opposing contexts presented about the monuments so that people viewing them would have both sides of the story and thus be able to make up their own minds. However, the Left is not about presenting any side but its own. For them there is no other side!
We have to realize (which we should have done before now) that the cultural Marxists and those who finance them are never going to cease and desist. The total destruction of Southern and Christian culture is a major part of their program, and so our resistance to what they do must be ongoing.
Finding private property to erect our monuments and fly our flags should end up being a major priority for us. It may not be easy, but somehow we are going to have to do it. To quit fighting those people is to turn your grandchildren’s futures over to the cultural Marxists, and I don’t know about you, but such a solution for my grandchildren is morally reprehensible to me. Even worse, it would be immoral for us to settle for that.
My wife and I usually do a short devotion from the Scriptures in the evening after supper, something from the Old Testament and then something from the New Testament. Last evening the New Testament part of our reading was from Luke, chapter 4, having to do with the devil tempting Jesus in the wilderness. It ended with verse 13, which said: “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.” I don’t think it violates Scripture to believe that this session in the wilderness was not the last time Satan sought to tempt, pressure and persecute Jesus. There would be other times down the road, we just aren’t told about them. The point here being that the devil didn’t give up or quit, even though Jesus defeated him in the end, he didn’t quit. After reading that, the thought crossed my mind that “the devil was a cultural Marxist, ” or even more accurately you could say that he was the father of cultural Marxism.