Zinke said removing the statues will inhibit the U.S. from being able to “learn” from history.
“I think we should never hide from our history or erase our history. I think we should embrace the history and understand the faults and learn from it. But when you try to erase history, what happens is you also erase how it happened and why it happened and the ability to learn from it,” Zinke said.
So… let me get this straight… he’s perfectly willing to let the south keep there monuments to ‘preserve history’ yet… we stole this land from the people that lived here before us, imprisoned them, killed them… putting them in concentration camps… conveniently overlooking the fact that what we did to the people who were already here before us is far worse than anything that happened with the war of the North and South… and he wants to spout nonsense about “forgetting history”? we stole an entire continent from another nation/s.
I sure as hell don’t hear him spouting off about anything to those regards. The country pretty much whitewashes the fact that we Europeans were the invaders. But then history has always been dominated by the party that won, not any of the ones that lost.
So he’s trying to give relevancy to the losers… a bold, unexpected choice… but it’s still not going to happen short of the south successfully succeeding the US.
The victor always gets to “rearrange history” as has been done so many times in the history of the planet.