I realize the issue of Confederate statues is probably stale by now, but I have thought of a take that is probably you: replace Confederate statues with Union statues to remember the Civil War and take pride in the United States' historical military prowess
Nah, actually I was thinking that there are lots of other southerners we could choose from for replacement statues, specifically ones that weren’t all “rah rah slavery” and so on. Some of them could be a lot more modern, others from before the war, and so on. U.S. founding fathers from those states would be the ideal option for many of them - it reaffirms membership in the US, still has lots of historical weight, and so on.
They shouldn’t be more black than the proportional share of the population, though.
The goal here is to provide an alternative, positive regional identity for the white southerners that is not rooted in the racism inherent to the Confederacy. (And the racism was inherent - at least one governor or whatever went on about how yeah, this was about slavery, and yeah, this was about “the inferiority of the negro race” and so on.)
History is big. There is a lot that can be chosen from when we decide what to emphasize. There are many people, with many stories. With this, we could step sideways.
(The exception is generic confederate soldier statues, which should stay. After all, the side that wins the war usually thinks it’s the ethical side, since most factions fighting a war think they’re the ethical side, so removing them just means legitimizing the idea of removing monuments to soldiers of losing sides in general.)
However, I don’t think the capital-L Left, in broad strokes, wants the southern whites to have a positive southern identity. I think it wants to crush them in order to celebrate itself and its righteousness.
It doesn’t like the founding fathers, either. It doesn’t like the United States of America.
It could celebrate the power of the very ideals this nation’s founders espoused as the source of some of the very power that overturned the cruelty they allowed at this nation’s founding. But most of those people were white men, so they won’t.
Even though its not the bees knees for me, western mecha -in particular Mechwarrior, Battletech etc, are a-ok. Sometimes the aesthetic is trying to be too ‘real’, robust, utilitarian, gritty to it’s detriment imo. A lot of the modern iterations in MWO are pretty great though.
Likewise. And you were in my top four for the last month, just not for the last day. Although, you’re only number 3, statistically speaking, due to the fact that Kraken and Rocket seem to like basically everything I post. I’m not sure if that’s because we get along really well or if those two just compulsively like everything that vaguely amuses or interests them :p
You probably already know this, but Devolver Digital is currently having a Publisher Weekend on Steam, which means that a bunch of their games are discounted. Of note, the entire Serious Sam collection is currently a bit under $15 during the sale.
The Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat soundtrack. All of it.
20: A song that has many meanings to you
I’m going to go with Unwritten Letter No. 1 by Vienna teng because for the first six or seven years I listened to it I thought it was the strangest break up song, and then last year I realized it was about a person having a one night stand to get over unrequited love. That isn’t necessarily many meanings, but it is at least two.
Oh boy, that’s a whole new can of worms. I can’t believe someone like that can get away with so much shit like that.
He has like completely removed his web presence, though. I mean, he’ll probably still get away with it, but he won’t be around too much anymore. It’s not what I’d have wanted, but I guess it’s better than nothing.