Statue of Robert E. Lee removed from US Capitol building

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/12/21/statue-of-robert-e-lee-removed-from-us-capitol-building.html

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He looks good in chains.

and hanging there.

Good riddance loser.

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A reminder to white supremacists: You lose. Again.

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It’s probably good that this happened on Trump’s watch rather than before or after.

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The correct term is ‘traitor’.

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While I am glad this statue is leaving, a statue of someone does not necessarily reflect a positive image of them. Perhaps this statue can be replaced:

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Thanks for that, especially this line from the wiki:

The New York statue, in Union Square, was removed early that afternoon; the New York City Parks Department made a statement that it “stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small”

Someone in the NYC Parks Department should get a raise.

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He was nominally against Confederate monuments, but there are too many weasel clauses in his letter for my liking. e.g. “& wait for better times.”

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Hooray! Reagan next.

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Heck, if they want a Lee statue, there are a lot of other Lees to choose from.

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Our precious heritage!! (sob!) Our beautiful statues!! (sob! whine!) Cancel Culturrrrrrrrrre!!!

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Is there a witty rhyming aphorism like “snitches get stitches”, but for traitors?

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“Traitors fed to gators” works for me.

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Nah, there’s bigger fish to fry. Reagan was a dick, but Junipero Serra personally directed the torture and enslavement of native Californians.

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Our socialist would-be governor and former pitcher.

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Back with my wife in Tennessee
When one day she called to me
“Virgil, quick, come see,
There goes Robert E. Lee!”

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band

edit

In light of recent events the lyrics seem funny.

"Vigil come quick, there goes (the statue of) Robert E. Lee.

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I stopped listening to Joan Baez when she recorded that.

The 14th Amendment has a section that says nobody can hold public office in the United States if they take part in insurrection or rebellion against the US (after previously swearing allegiance to the US) or give aid and comfort to those who do. I don’t know if an Originalist would apply that to people who support Confederate statues or wave Confederate battle flags around, but I suspect they should.

Has anybody got evidence of Republican Senators doing that? We could stand to lose at least two of them right now.

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I’m curious why. Cultural appropriation? Wikipedia says that Helm stopped performing the song, possibly in reaction to the Baez version.

I’m a west-usian and shockingly I’m too young to appreciate the context of these songs when they were popular (Hard for me to imagine me being too young for anything these days.)