Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Statues Of Jefferson Are Next: The Shroudening

Protesters shrouded the statue of Jefferson at the rotunda. That's the same treatment the Lee and Jackson statues got.
   Man--totally nobody could have predicted this!
   No, wait...remember how Trump was a racist lunatic for pointing out (the obvious fact that) this would happen?
   As I've said before, I'm not even entirely sure that the PC left--loony though it is in myriad ways--is entirely wrong about Jefferson statues. I'm not sure what to think about the issue. But I do think that liberals / progressives who think that it's obvious that (i) Lee statues have to come down, and also obvious that (ii) Jefferson statues do not, occupy an unstable / not-obviously consistent position. Anyway, whether or not e.g. Washington and Jefferson statues should come down, there was no doubt that there would be efforts to take them down. Well, I also think that it was nuts to say that Trump is a racist for stating obvious facts about the trajectory we're on. The post-C'ville press conference wasn't what you'd call the greatest time to bring up the subject, and he didn't exactly bring it up in a diplomatic way. But what he said was right.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But I do think that liberals / progressives who think that it's obvious that (i) Lee statues have to come down, and also obvious that (ii) Jefferson statues do not, occupy an unstable / not-obviously consistent position."

I don't think the consistency issue is really the problem with this, it's the obvious political calculus. Lee is a civil war figure and easy to oppose, while Jefferson is the author of the Declaration of Independence, a rightful member of the American pantheon. If you go all out opposing statues of him you sound crazy, so you don't. I think most people see through the sophistry meant to preserve that tenuous political compromise, which definitely can be created in a logically appropriate way with enough moral epicycles.

As for myself, when I see puritans getting literally iconoclastic, I recognize things have gone too far.

10:27 AM  

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