My comments here might light gasoline on a fire... so my apologies for that. This is one of those odd situations I find myself in as the owner of the site.
I've expressed that I don't want social / political discussion here, but like anyone else, I'm biased with my own opinions.
When I see discussion existing, it's hard for me to avoid giving my thoughts.
Admittedly, what I should be doing here is walking away, and asking for people to get this thread back on track.
I recognize that I'm not following what I know I should be doing.
Too many in the South are fighting a war they lost 152 years ago. (Certainly not saying racism is limited to the South.)
It's simply un-American to be waiving Confederate flags, and celebrating Confederate figures. Not only for the aspect of slavery; but for the obvious fact they tried to leave the US.
Can't say you 'love America', while simultaneously celebrating a flag and figures that represented those trying to leave.
Statues honoring them is disgusting, and I think it's easy decision to remove them from public spaces.
Here is where I think things get a bit difficult.
One of the rights that we have as Americans that should be celebrated is the right to peaceful protest. That right doesn't just exist for causes we believe in.
I can hate it, but if a bunch of asshole clowns want to peacefully protest for 'white power'... it's disgusting, but it's their right. When those protests turn violent, that's when they have to be shutdown.
It can be their right to protest, but if they are going to walk chanting slurs and degrading others... do what's happening. Out them. Let people know who they are.
These assholes giving Nazi salutes, waiving the Confederate flag, chanting slurs... are the absolute dregs of society. They are the complete opposite of what America is supposed to stand for. They should be called out by everyone for being the pathetic clowns they are.
If one of those aholes wants to put up a Jefferson Davis statue on private grounds somewhere, whatever... that's their right.
Statues in public parks honoring those that didn't want to be part of America? Yeah, easy decision to tear down.
Equating that to Lewis, and Ruth is a great example of Whataboutism:
I wish the world was more PC. Too many assholes with a microphone / outlet for loudly expressing their opinions imo.
I'd like to know less about what people think about everything.