John Oliver has a humorous albeit sad explanation of the pro-slavery Americans who even to this day want to continue their “traditions”
While I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center (SDLC) has done an amazing job highlighting the falseness of “heritage” claims, there is a missing ingredient.
The Civil War ended 153 years ago. The Confederacy, as Mitch Landrieu said, was on the wrong side of humanity. Our public entities should no longer play a role in distorting history by honoring a secessionist government that waged war against the United States to preserve white supremacy and the enslavement of millions of people.
It’s past time for the South – and the rest of the nation – to bury the myth of the Lost Cause once and for all.
True. Bury the myth. Just the fact that John Oliver has pulled the SPLC into his story shows how mainstream this history analysis has become, and deservedly. It makes sense that pro-slavery white supremacist distortion of history must stop. That means America needs to stop giving honors to domestic terrorists who enslaved millions and murdered Americans.
However, I also believe it means America needs to restore honors to those who defeated the domestic terrorists, because these great people have been under attack for at least 130 years. There may be no better example of Grant’s “Let Us Have Peace” Tomb.
The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America. It testifies to a people’s gratitude for the man who ended the bloodiest conflict in American history as Commanding General of the Union Army and then, as President of the United States, strove to heal a nation after a civil war and make rights for all citizens a reality.
Where is the largest mausoleum in North America, you ask? Exactly. While Lincoln’s Memorial sees approximately 6 million people annually, guess how many visit Grant every year…. Nobody seems to know because who can even find Grant’s Tomb?
Pro tip: Grant’s Tomb sits in New York City overlooking the Hudson River and so large the Statue of Liberty can fit inside it, yet few people if anyone around can tell you where it is.
Historians are only just beginning to talk about a concerted effort by white supremacists in America to obscure Grant and falsely tarnish his reputation. Despite being considered one of the best presidents in history, and the best American general, his monument is strangely diminished by the same “distorting history” crowd that has shamelessly erected statues to honor the people Grant defeated.