The Southern Poverty Law Center wants all of the Confederate monuments taken down all across the United States, and they aren't just stopping at obvious monuments. They're also targeting elementary schools and middle schools named after Confederate generals. They've even gone so far as to say we must "take down" three army bases.
They specifically targeted Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in Georgia. They identified these, along with everything named after or commemorating Confederates, as things that need to come down.
"More than 1,500 Confederate monuments stand in communities like Charlottesville with the potential to unleash more turmoil and bloodshed," wrote the SPLC.
They added, "It's time to take them down."
There's no mention of simply renaming the "monuments." In their article, they included a map of the monuments, and they instructed people to send letters to their local newspapers.
The letter cites Charlottesville as the reason for taking down these monuments. Removing the monuments, they say, would show that the given city "gives no safe harbor to such hatred." It's laudable to avoid giving harbor to hatred, but is there hatred harbored in an elementary school that's named after Confederate generals? It's unlikely. Likewise, army bases are places that protect Americans, not places of hatred.
They continued, saying that "Confederate symbols on public land, in effect, endorse a movement founded on white supremacy. If our government continues to pay homage to the Confederacy, people of color can never be sure they will be treated fairly. And we will never solve our community’s problems if an entire group of citizens is alienated or feels targeted for discrimination."
They added that people would still be able to put Confederate memorabilia and fly the Confederate flag on private soil, but one has to ask how that promise would hold up. Are they genuine, or would they simply move against those rights once they got their way with monuments on public property?
"Together, we can make our communities safer and our country a place where liberty and justice are truly for all," they concluded.
But given the SPLC's history, it's a little hard to believe that they want liberty and justice for "all." In June, they flagged The Family Research Council, The American Family Association, and Liberty Counsel as hate groups. It makes sense that they would target military bases after targeting conservative organizations.
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