The reason why people want to get rid of Confederate memorial statues is because the Confederacy was a terrorist, traitorous, rebellion that was beaten back at the cost of hundreds of thousands of American lives. A sticking point for the Confederacy was the forced enslavement of an entire race of people. The history lesson about how slavery was a standard in human history is meaningless. The United States turned slavery into a racially derived, genocidal practice—the likes of which humanity had never seen. The United States needed to have a war, with assholes like Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis, in order to rejoin the rest of the developed world community who had already abolished slavery.
Tucker Carlson is trying to work off of the Trumponian logic displayed at the press conference on Tuesday that tried to equivocate taking down a Robert E Lee—general of the traitor army—with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, because they owned slaves. There are indeed many people who want our “Founding Fathers” to be remembered for both their impressive deeds as well as their moral failings. It’s important to our history to recognize that we built this country on the backs of people who were tortured and murdered and raped. Our country, as you can see from Charlottesville, continues to suffer greatly from the inability of many to acknowledge racism and bigotry and white supremacy for what it is—a deadly disease attacking our humanity.