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Re: Statue decolonization
« on: July 03, 2020, 11:59:27 pm »
https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1278795602583789573

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Following yesterday's order by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to remove all Confederate Statues immediately, a second figure was removed.

The statue of Matthew Maury, a Confederate Naval officer, was removed this morning.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/after-confederate-statues-controversy-native-american-lawmakers-ask-what-about-jackson-2020-07-02

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“There’s no question Andrew Jackson was the worst president ever for Native Americans — cruel, horrible,” said Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat. Haaland is one of only four Native Americans and one of two Native women in Congress.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico, said Jackson’s statue doesn’t deserve its place in the Rotunda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4OVEEuXA0c

Also the following is a worthwhile perspective:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html

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You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

The black people I come from were owned and raped by the white people I come from. Who dares to tell me to celebrate them?
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I am a black, Southern woman, and of my immediate white male ancestors, all of them were rapists. My very existence is a relic of slavery and Jim Crow.

According to the rule of hypodescent (the social and legal practice of assigning a genetically mixed-race person to the race with less social power) I am the daughter of two black people, the granddaughter of four black people, the great-granddaughter of eight black people. Go back one more generation and it gets less straightforward, and more sinister. As far as family history has always told, and as modern DNA testing has allowed me to confirm, I am the descendant of black women who were domestic servants and white men who raped their help.

It is an extraordinary truth of my life that I am biologically more than half white, and yet I have no white people in my genealogy in living memory. No. Voluntary. Whiteness. I am more than half white, and none of it was consensual. White Southern men — my ancestors — took what they wanted from women they did not love, over whom they had extraordinary power, and then failed to claim their children.

What is a monument but a standing memory? An artifact to make tangible the truth of the past. My body and blood are a tangible truth of the South and its past. The black people I come from were owned by the white people I come from. The white people I come from fought and died for their Lost Cause. And I ask you now, who dares to tell me to celebrate them? Who dares to ask me to accept their mounted pedestals?
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Either you have been blind to a truth that my body’s story forces you to see, or you really do mean to honor the oppressors at the expense of the oppressed, and you must at last acknowledge your emotional investment in a legacy of hate.

Either way, I say the monuments of stone and metal, the monuments of cloth and wood, all the man-made monuments, must come down. I defy any sentimental Southerner to defend our ancestors to me. I am quite literally made of the reasons to strip them of their laurels.

I of course recommend the author to voluntarily refrain from reproducing so as to terminate the bloodline she carries ASAP. Though more importantly the state needs to step in and prohibit actual racists from reproducing.

We need to start promoting what I am hereby coining genetic cancel culture. The physical cancel culture currently being practiced, consisting of eliminating colonialist symbols, is well-intentioned but ultimately superficial, and dangerous if we presume it is sufficient. Eliminating the bloodlines celebrated by those symbols is the only true solution.
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