Monday, June 12, 2017

Allison Wicks, "D Magazine," American Ideas Institute, "American Conservative"

American Conservative has published another article defending Confederate monuments by Quentin B. Fairchild.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/confederate-history-is-american-history/

Intellectually it is just so much thrashing but represents the type of arguments we will face.

I think that what is important is to know which players are behind it.

American Conservative is published by the American Ideas Institute.  The masthead for the magazine and the board of directors for the American Ideas Institute are at this web page.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/about-us/

You will see that Allison Wicks is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the publisher of D Magazine.

This is the 2nd article American Conservative has published defending Confederate statues.

This is an earlier blog on a previous article in American Conservative defending Confederate monuments by Rod Dreher.

http://roberteleepark.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-local-dallas-opposition.html#.WT50ymjyuiM

I am not surprised that American Conservative is taking the lead to defend Confederate monuments. In their pages I have found many persons who contributed to Southern Partisan or Chronicles or otherwise are involved in neo-Confederate groups.

Reactionary Dallas appears to be mobilizing to defend Confederate monuments.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Article in "The Atlantic," The True History of the South Is Not Being Erased.

Garrett Epps has this article, "The True History of the South Is Not Being Erased," in The Atlantic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-true-history-of-the-south-is-not-being-erased/529818/

The subtitle is, "Taking down Confederate monuments helps confront the past, not obscure it."

He has a reference to an earlier article, "The Motionless Ghosts That Haunt the South," in The Atlantic also. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/the-motionless-ghosts-that-haunt-the-south/526668/ In that article he says it is time to take the statues down.

He is mentioned as a "Richmond native."

The article "True History" is in response to the reaction he got from his "Ghosts" article.

Epps rejects the ridiculous claim that removing monuments is erasing history.

I post these two articles as a resource for when we start acting to bring down the Robert E. Lee monument and other Confederate monuments and face the usual excuses and rationalizations for them.

I plan on blogging these articles so that when have a full resource when we start our effort.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-myth-of-the-kindly-general-lee/529038/


In short as the article states:

The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.
....
The myth of Lee goes something like this: He was a brilliant strategist and devoted Christian man who abhorred slavery and labored tirelessly after the war to bring the country back together.

The author, Adam Stevens, goes on to demolish these myths.

Share this article on Facebook and by email with as many people you can.

Dallas City Councilman calls for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue

The discussion of Confederate monuments has started in Dallas, Texas.  The following is one article.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Confederate-Landmarks-at-Center-of-Controversy-in-Dallas-425785934.html

This is the Dallas Morning News editorial on the topic.

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2017/05/25/wait-another-hate-warped-gun-rampage-force-action-confederate-memorials

I am thinking that the Dallas business community is deciding that Confederate monuments are negative contributions to the image of the city.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Confederate monument supporters say the darnedest things"

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2017/05/confederate_monument_removal.html

The above is the link to the article. It is a take down of various half-witted things Confederate monument supporters say.

We will hear in Dallas many if not all of the nonsensical arguments that Confederate monument defenders make. So I think this is a good primer to study.

The local Dallas opposition

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/new-orleans-robert-e-lee-old-dixie-down/

The title is "The Day They Took Old Dixie Down."

The author, Rod Dreher, was formerly an editor at the Dallas Morning News.

Dreher is currently asking Christians to withdraw from American life and live in separatist communities. Jim Schutze has this article about Dreher and his "Benedict Option."
http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/former-dmn-writer-urges-christians-to-desert-america-maybe-hell-go-first-7359332

He is giving up on America because of same-sex marriage. Being a separatist it is perhaps not surprising that he wants to see monuments to Confederate separatists remain.

The American Conservative is published by the American Ideas Institute. I recognize many authors from those that write for Chronicles magazine published by the Rockford Institute.
http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/about/the-rockford-institute/

And persons who wrote for Southern Partisan magazine.

The chairman of the board is Allison Wicks. He publishes D Magazine, the monthly magazine of Dallas, Texas.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/about-us/

In New Orleans the real power supporting the Confederate monuments was the rich. However, Mitch Landrieu was willing to call them out by name. Using front groups wasn't going to work as a vehicle to allow rich white people to defend Confederate monuments without being associated with the Confederacy. Frank Stewart was outed as a defender of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans and was very unhappy about it. This is my blog on it.
http://newtknight.blogspot.com/2017/05/frank-stewart-is-outed-as-defender-of.html#.WSA-3mgrKiM

So I think we can expect in Dallas various front groups to defend the Robert E. Lee monument and they will be backed by various rich white factions. They will probably have African American spokespersons.

The New Orleans take down of the Robert E. Lee monument is a great example for the nation and I think locally in Dallas it will inspire people to work to take down the Robert E. Lee monument in Dallas, Texas.

However, we should expect that we will face much more than the opposition of American Conservative magazine, we will face powerful white elites and we will face a phalanx of African American apologists for the Robert E. Lee monument.