FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE CONFEDERATE GENERALS – To the left, a slippery slope is not a logical device, it’s their business model:
Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana farming before pot was legal.
Now it’s on the verge of another first.No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.”Put a rope around its neck and pull it down,” Chris Peters shouted at a recent rally held at the statue, which has adorned the central square for more than a century.Peters, who heads the Arcata-based Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People, called McKinley a proponent of “settler colonialism” that “savaged, raped and killed.”A presidential statue would be the most significant casualty in an emerging movement to remove monuments honoring people who helped lead what Native groups describe as a centuries-long war against their very existence.
Republicans, like McKinley, are always an easy enough target. But Woodrow Wilson was a Southern racist, FDR locked up Japanese-Americans in internment camps, JFK was a serial womaniser, and Johnson bombed Vietnam.
Expect more of it. By today’s lofty standards, pretty much every historical figure is a criminal or a bigot. Hell, by today’s lofty standards, pretty much every contemporary figure is a criminal or a bigot, with the possible exception of elevated and enlightened souls like Prophet Obama (Peace Be Upon Him). There are no nuances, no shades of grey; the past is one long unrelenting nightmare, the present is a disgrace, the future is revolutionary.