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On Confederate Commemorative Statues

On Confederate Commemorative Statues

It is my hope to be the next Senator representing the 48th Senate District here in North Carolina. Taking a stand on this issue requiring the movement of the statues could be political suicide and might even dissuade people from donating much needed funds for a strong campaign. That said, to let the statues stay where they are is an affront to a true understanding of history.

I find it ironic that the Nazis who spouted their anti-semetic rhetoric in Charlotte (and the bigot who called my home after the 2016 election to my wife and me dirty Jews,) are most likely Holocaust deniers. Why ironic? They wish to fondly remember the sacrifices made by confederate soldiers in defense of the right of people who wanted to maintain the institution of slavery. "The war," they scream, "was about State's Rights." The right to own human flesh, would they have us forget that right?
Slavery, Jim Crow, hangings of African-Americans, denial of voting rights, segregation! For me, seeing a Swastika is a vivid reminder of the horrors visited on more than six million of my ancestors. Venerating Jefferson Davis and other figures from the War Between the States and placing them in prominent places in our towns and cities must feel like a branding iron on the flesh of a people who have suffered (and continue to be the victims of discrimination) for hundreds and hundreds of years here in the "Land of the Free."
I have wonderful friends who will disagree with my assessment. They talk of honor and courage. (We always seem to forget Civil War POW camps and their horrors.) That said, my son who served in the Army for twelve years is quick to point out that when serving in a war zone ideology is supplanted by a desire to protect one's friends and colleagues. In other words, they fought for each other. So it must have been with soldiers in the War Between the States. The common soldier probably didn't own slaves and those who could afford to own slaves didn't necessarily go to war.

People argue about the savagery of the North in pursuing this war. There is really nothing gentlemanly about killing and some scorched earth tactics were horrible. Families were torn apart, bodies and hearts were broken. No one should excuse war crimes!
All that said, I believe that it is possible to find common sense in the emotional matter of removing statues from cities and towns throughout North Carolina and her neighbors to the north and south. As to moving these statues, I think that they need to be moved. I also believe that it is wrong to hide our history. To do so is to gloss over a piece of Americana that is still an issue generations later. Maybe this war has never really ended? Maybe it is finally time to lock arms and make a peace?

The question at hand is where to move the statues. It is my hope to be the next Senator of NC 48. Should I be elected, I would propose that we develop a State sponsored museum to help us remember both the good and the bad of the War Between the States. I would like to see that museum become a collecting point of the whole history of that war, from a North Carolina point of view. I would like to see that museum located in this district where our great people can tell the story of the War.

We here in WNC are a people who can tell the story in a very personal way. Check it out! This region gave an incredible number of her sons to the war and their ancestors still live among us. Both the ancestors of slaves, freed African Americans, and soldiers live in this storied region. Here is where such a museum should be located.

As has been said, "Those who forget history, are condemned to repeat it."

Bossert for State Senate
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