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It’s amazing that taking down a statue can make people act like there is a conspiracy to erase history.

No one is erasing anything, Robert E Lee isn’t exactly unknown and he’s not likely to be forgotten any time soon.

But a statue is a monument and we should think about how these monuments make same people feel and ask ourselves what legacy someone has to deserve a statue and at what point does it become historically apathetic to not think of the negative impact these statutes and monuments can have on today’s people.

what each state is most known for
  • Alabama: racism
  • Alaska: cold, north, big
  • Arizona: hot, immigration
  • Arkansas: diamonds
  • California: surf, hollywood, big
  • Colorado: ski, mairjuana
  • Connecticut: not rhode island
  • Delaware: first state, “crossing it”
  • Florida, theme parks, oranges, hot
  • Georgia, peaches, peanuts
  • Hawaii: hawaii
  • Idaho: potatoes
  • Illinois: corn, corruption
  • Indiana: corn, better version of illinois
  • Iowa: corn, perhaps?
  • Kansas: the setting for the 2006 post-apocalyptic action-drama series jericho
  • Kentucky: the derby
  • Louisiana: new orleans, the bayou
  • Maine: like canada
  • Maryland: weird shape
  • Massachusetts: accents, 1776
  • Michigan: car manufacturing
  • Minnesota: lakes
  • Mississippi: racism, overweight (info from supersize me)
  • Missouri: st louis
  • Montana: big, empty
  • Nebraska: don’t know what this is, sorry
  • Nevada: vegas
  • New Hampshire: the one touching maine
  • New Jersey: we all know
  • New Mexico: manhattan project
  • New York: NY NY
  • North Carolina: better version of sc
  • North Dakota: new oil
  • Ohio: rust belt
  • Oklahoma: panhandle
  • Oregon: portland vibe
  • Pennsylvania: liberty bell, benjamin franklin
  • Rhode Island: smallest
  • South Carolina: fort sumter
  • South Dakota: mt rushmore
  • Tennessee: appalachia
  • Texas: remember
  • Utah: mormons, great salt
  • Vermont: the one not touching maine
  • Virginia: robert e lee
  • Washington: seattle needle
  • West Virginia: yikes, hunger games
  • Wisconsin: cheese
  • Wyoming: the capital is cheyenne and that is it
Regarding General Lee

However conflicted and agonized General Robert E. Lee might have been regarding his choice, or how honorable his prior service might have been, there should be no empathy, sympathy, or esteem, or any shred of honor, for an officer who deserted the U.S. Army to fight against the United States in the cause of preserving an economy based on the ownership of humans. Unlike other, earlier, slave holders such as Washington and Jefferson, Lee made a conscious choice to go to war against the United States to perpetuate a massively scaled system of human trafficking. The proposition that he should continue to be honored in public places in the 21st Century is preposterous.

Sure, keep those statues. Keep them so that we can learn from history. Teach about them during Black History Month. Keep them in a pantheon of murderers and traitors, alongside the church bombers, and those who buried Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney in an earthen dam. Maybe the Rosenbergs, too! But do not keep them in places of honor, such as town squares, parks, courthouse entrances, and so on. Put them in a Hall of Shame if they are too culturally precious to melt down. Incidentally, I have visited Holocaust memorials in DC, Germany, and Czech Republic, and I do not recall seeing any heroic statues of Eichmann, Goering, Hitler, et al, there or anywhere else. Nor was there any Fort Rommel in Germany.

It seems the Civil War is not over and that is why issues like this one endure. Black voter suppression across the country, and especially in the South, continues the war. So does breaking up birthday parties in Black neighborhoods with parades of Confederate battle-flag-waving white supremacists in pickup trucks. Stop-and-frisk (which migrated to the North, as did the descendants of slaves and slave-owners) provides an effective racially-based suppression tool.  If you have seen the documentary movie 13, then you know how for-profit prisons fit the pattern of war against racial minorities and African-Americans in particular. These strategies, as well as white supremacist rallies in Virginia (and elsewhere), including vehicular mass assault upon those who disagree, provide evidence that the General Lee minions are alive and well and continue the Civil War as terrorists. Statues honoring the champions of human enslavement, located in prominent squares, parks and building entries, do not further any wholesome or decent purpose, even if a clever (wink, wink) plaque is appended to instruct observers that it is not really there to honor, but to remind. Thank you, but we have enough reminders in the news every day.

Why Robert E.O. Speedwagon deserves your love

So today I found myself writing a fucking essay on Speedwagon. Please enjoy.

I feel like people never really- and I mean really- talk about just how strong Speedwagon’s connection to the Joestars is. And it all started because Jonathan Joestar didn’t kick him as hard as he could have.

I’ve always gotten the impression that Jonathan was one of the first people to show Speedwagon genuine kindness; it’s even more meaningful when you realize that Speedwagon initially stereotyped Jonathan as a dumb rich kid. But Jonathan not only held back against Speedwagon when they fought, he stated that his reason for doing so was because he understood that Speedwagon had a family who would mourn his death. Jonathan didn’t want to put them through the same sadness that he himself was going through. In an era where classism was at its highest, a nobleman acknowledged that a street crook had loved ones and had just as much a right to live as he did.

I think that just completely blew Speedwagon’s fucking mind.

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I can say very definitively that race is an invented political system; it is not a natural biological condition of human beings. The human species is a single race. It is not biologically divided up into distinguishable races.  - Dorothy E. Roberts (b. March 8, 1956) 

She is an internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare and bioethics.