I have to write about this:
A mutual friend (who has since unfriended me) of a close nit community of artist in Detroit posted a petition to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus. I have no idea where this statue is or why there is a petition to tear it down. It read something like "it should be torn down and replaced with a "real hero"", I replied on his post that "it was stupid, that there are no "real heroes" there are just humans wandering through life as best they can"!
And yes I believe it is stupid. Most everyone that knows me knows I detest Donald Trump, but I agree with him on one single thing, where does the removal of statues stop? What happens when delusional religious idiots start demanding that all statues of great scientists be removed because they are offensive to their beliefs? What happens when Amish people start demanding the removal of statues of Hollywood stars be removed because they are false idols? What happens when statues of sports stars are selected for removal because they offend those with handicaps? How about statues of great industrialists or union leaders, or musicians?
You all just read that last paragraph and said that those are poor examples because they could never happen, and yet here we sit with a racist orange buffoon sitting in the white house who got there with the help of Russians! He makes it clear he is a racist, he made that abundantly clear when he tried to ban Muslims from entering the country, he made that abundantly clear as he continues to build a wall. I hope a statue is never erected of this idiot and if there must be one I hope its like those that toured NY in 2016, you know the ones!
If we continue down this path then I Must demand that all lawn statues of Jesus and the supposed so called "Virgin Mary" be remove from every lawn and flower garden from every home school and business because there is NOTHING more that offends me like delusional religious icons!
Our history is short lived, we've not been around that long and in that time we have done horrific things to the people who were here long before we ever came here, much like the Spaniards did to the Aztecs, do we really want to start down a path were everything we see can be called out as offensive to one group or another? When ever I've driven down 75 heading to Ohio I drive past the memorial to General Custer, I've never stopped at it, I've just driven by and laughed a silent laugh because he was the worst general in the civil war. I don't think about the Confederate flag or its supposed war heroes because they were losers, they like Custer should be laughed at.
I do think that we should do a better job of calling out racism and particularly with groups like white supremacists, the KKK, and others like them, but lets be honest, they are not the only hate groups in this country, there is plenty of hate to go around!