I had a recent FB conversation with a gentleman who defended Confederate statues and memorials, and insisted that they were appropriate. I do believe I understand his position. But if he simultaneously claims to be a greater ally of black people, with more respect for us, than those opposed to the maintenance of those statues, I can only conclude that he is either asleep, or a snake. If he would make the same argument to a Jew about a statue of Goebbels, he is at least consistent, and I can respect consistency. But he cannot, with a straight face, claim to be more of an ally to Jews than those who side with Jews about such things.
And I cannot think of a reason a black person should respect the Confederacy more than a Jew respects the Nazis. I just…can’t.
And if your mind goes immediately to the question of “is it appropriate to have such statues?” you are looking at the wrong part of the question. The right part is to look at the relative compositions of the groups that say “yes” and “no.” That is the tribe you have chosen, and while I wish you well there, there is a serious difference. Consider yourself right, better, smarter…that’s fine. But you can’t do that and simultaneously claim that you respect us more than the people who respect our judgement and perspective on the matter.
You simply cannot have it both ways.