In the latest episode of leftist iconoclasm, several Georgia State University students called for the removal of the Henry W. Grady monument due to his controversial views on race.
Several student organizations published an open letter in the student newspaper, The Signal, which was directed at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
In the letter, they asked Bottoms to consider removing the monument that sits in downtown Atlanta at Marietta and Forsyth.
The conversation started in November, when The Signal’s staff received numerous complaints about Grady’s racist views during Reconstruction.
Editor-in-Chief David Varitek said once the complaints were discovered to be true, the paper felt obligated to reveal this information the public.
Once we actually started to put pen to paper, we realized that all of this was true,” Varitek stated. “Despite what many may have you believe, Grady is not an outstanding character in our city’s history. Grady is actually a brazen racist and white supremacist. And so then, we asked the question of ourselves why is he being civically revered in a public square with a statue that towers over our city?
Removing the statue will not be easy given some of the legislative realities in Georgia. Earlier in the year, state legislators passed SB77, which made monument removal illegal. Varitek believes that the conversation would lead to changes and other ways of addressing the issue.
“We would like a plaque erected adjacent to the statue that places Henry Grady’s legacy in the least into historical context, Varitek stated. “Secondly, we would like to see Mayor Bottoms come out and oppose this state law. And thirdly, we would like to see eventually that this statue relocated. But, we understand that it’s presently illegal to do that.”
Grady became famous for being the managing editor of The Atlanta Constitution and a notable public speaker.
Today, several buildings and schools are named after Grady which include Grady High School, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the University of Georgia School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The Left is moving according to its politically correct script of subverting American culture by attempting to destroy Grady’s legacy through statue removal.
By labeling everything as “racist”, practically any artifact of American history—from the Founding up until the New Deal—can be banned according to the logic employed by the increasingly rootless and globalist Left.
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America First Patriot Kris Kobach Believes Democrats are Using the Wuhan Virus Crisis to Push Socialism
U.S. Senate Candidate Kris Kobach believes Democrats are politicizing the Wuhan Virus to push socialist policies.
He asserted, “Many Democrats are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to launch a full-bore push for socialism—making the socialist rhetoric of the early Democratic presidential debates look tepid by comparison.”
The former Kansas Secretary of State believes that Democrats are taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus pandemic to push for a “centralized, national health care system.”
That means “No more private insurance, private clinics, or private hospitals.”
Kobach correctly notes that “the communist country [China] that unleashed this plague upon the world was the epitome of centralized control.”
But for radical Democrats, that does not even enter the equation. For them, it’s control at all costs.
Sanders is not alone.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio called for “a nationalization of crucial factories and industries that could produce the medical supplies to prepare this country for what we need.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established a state-run hand sanitizer factory, and has even threatened the use of state power to control prices. This is only a testing ground for even larger collectivist schemes.
From a big picture perspective, Kobach understands what Democrats’ endgame is with these calls for government involvement in the economy during the pandemic:
Many on the Left are also calling for massive expansions of the welfare state that have little or nothing to do with the coronavirus. This is what the socialist Left has been demanding for decades. Their demands aren’t about bringing the coronavirus crisis to a swift close; they are about enlarging the dependency class. They are exploiting the coronavirus for all it’s worth.
Kobach called attention to how private companies such as General Motors and Tesla are stepping up to the plate to produce ventilators, when many naysayers only think the state should be involved.
In his view, “Only a robust private sector free from government regulation will be able to pull the American economy out of the impending recession when this crisis is over.”
Kobach gets it.
The former Kansas Secretary of State is a certified immigration patriot and understands the value of limited government.
He’s the only choice for America First patriots who believe in constitutional governance.
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