By. Jeff Kaine
It has been talked about for some time now and now that talk could become a reality. That talk has been about removing the Confederate Memorial from Forest Park. While some see it as a good idea, I see it as a threat to the history of, not only the United States, but also the history of the City of St. Louis. We cannot afford to lose another piece of history, especially one that represents the time when the United States was broken into two over slave ownership.
For a City like ours, every statue and even buildings holds its own unique story and meaning. The Confederate Statue in Forest Park is one of those subjects. We have to think of the historical meaning of what it represents in order to fully grasp whether or not we should take it down. The Memorial is for those Confederate soldiers and Sailors who lost their lives in the American Civil War. Some relatives of these people live in St. Louis and look at this stage for what it is, their dead family members Memorial. In a way, it is sort of like a grave marker for those who died although the war never came to St. Louis City. Besides this, the Memorial also represents the City and State as a whole.
During the Civil War, Missouri was a split state being claimed by both the South and the North. Even St. Louisans were split on what country they were in. This Memorial represents that divide and reminds us of our history. We shall not remove this Memorial even if some see it as politically incorrect. It is part of our history and one that we need to remember in order not to repeat it. The tragic acts of removing statues of confederate big wigs in the South is inadvertently contributing to the rise of a politically correct America where all things must revolve around a history viewpoint that fits those who don't want to hear it. Have we gone insane?
We are St. Louis. We have issues here that need to be resolved and one of them IS NOT the Confederate Memorial of Forest Park. Those issues are,
- Abandoned Buildings
- And the Delmar Divide
So why are we even worrying about the Memorial in this modern day City. Two words, Lyda Krewson.
Ms. Krewson is one of those politicians who is trying to shape the past to fit the politically correct needs of the future. I call that BS. We cannot afford to go full politically correct. Why you may ask? Because people who share opposite opinions, like myself, will be basically crucified for our actions for standing up for what is right and wrong. I'll tell you what, taking history down just because you don't like it is wimpy. Face it and get over it as well as accept it. History must be remembered and a Mayor of a mediocre Small City isn't going to change the narrative.
Lyda Krewson and Francis Slay, should be ashamed for blaming the Memorial on racism issues in the City. Krewson especially should be ashamed of saying that the Memorial offends people. If it offends you, ignore it. If it bothers you, ignore it. If you hate it, ignore it. If you are angry that politicians are hesitant about taking it down, leave! We do not need to here if you want to destroy a key part of our history. We are not going to fit your needs in this modern world.
Those who forget to remember history are kind to repeat it and as seen here, we are bound to repeat it if the racist Democrats get there way. They are racist, in particular here in St. Louis. How? They nominated a OLD WHITE LADY to be Mayor while the Republicans nominated a MIDDLE AGED BLACK GUY. Says a lot. They have also not even tried to bridge the Delmar divide at all. That is a shame, and they want to change our history to fit their needs? They must be screwed up.
In conclusion, I am making it clear that by removing the confederate memorial in Forest Park, we are losing a key piece of history and a key piece in our nations fabric that will be remembered in History Books unless the Left gets their way to go full, Politcally Correct.