‘C-Ville’: Statue Toppling and the End of History

mount-rushmore-1082123_1920-300x175 ‘C-Ville’: Statue Toppling and the End of History

“Many are already calling for statues of the Founders to come down.”

Everyone is familiar with the tragedy at C-ville in Virginia. Protesters against the removal of statues of Confederate figures clashed with counter-protesters — resulting in one death. The media have turned the event into a watershed for change.

Indeed, the tragedy at C-ville has been a catalyst for many cities to remove their statues — even in the dead of night. Empty pedestals now stand as silent testimony that the new keepers of the culture know what’s best for America. They stand ready to cleanse the public square of the memory of any person who they deem unworthy.

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And that is the great problem. Who are these new keepers for the culture. What is their criteria for what is worthy for the nation?

Who knows? But one thing is certain. From the removal of Civil War figures, it’s a small step to the nation’s Founders. Many are already calling for statues of the Founders to come down. After all, these rich slave-holding men enshrined slavery in the Constitution, and therefore their memory must also be blotted out. And what of the statues of saints venerated by the Church? There was the case of Saint Joan of Arc in New Orleans, in which someone spray painted the words “tear it down.” It appears that no one, saint or sinner, is immune from the wrath of the self-appointed iconoclasts.

Thus, C-ville has generated a storm in which no one is safe.

Rejecting Charlottesville’s Namesake

What about C-ville itself? Should it be allowed to exist unmolested?

C-ville is the name that perhaps should be given to what is now called Charlottesville.

Everyone knows that Charlottesville was named for Sophia Charlotte, queen consort of King George III of England. History teaches that the policies of George III were the cause of the American Revolution. During his reign in America, slavery and the slave trade flourished in all thirteen colonies. He imposed taxes upon the colonists and denied them representation. He waged war against the colonies for eight long years. He opposed Catholic emancipation in his realm. If anyone should be denied representation on the public squire, it should be George III or anyone associated with him.

Surely, his wife must have known about his policies and profited from them. And yet, there is no record that she protested about these things to her husband during the course of their fifty-year marriage. In fact, history suggests Charlotte was a source of great strength and support for George III, who suffered from many ailments.

Thus, the demand that Charlotte’s name be stricken from the city’s name is justified. It should be called C-ville to demonstrate the city’s rejection of its wretched patron. Let the “C” remain like an empty and ugly pedestal for all to see the great uprightness of the city citizens who took this great step. Not that the citizens need to be consulted, it’s enough that C-ville simply be declared, perhaps through a late-night tweet by the mayor.

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History Records the Deeds of Peoples in all Conditions of Life

But why stop at C-ville? Further south in North Carolina, a city still has a similar C-name. And what of Virginia named after a problematic Elizabeth I? All across the nation, there are statues, cities and places that are named after people that were far from perfect.

Such revisionist actions, if successful, will spell the end of history. For history is that fascinating narrative that records the deeds of peoples in all conditions of life. It records their tragedies, their accomplishments, their defeats and glories, their hopes and misfortunes. It’s the tale of the constant fight between good and evil. This drama will continue unto the end of the world.

History is not written only in letters but in statuary, places and culture. History is not meant to record stories of the perfect. If it were, the history books would be like blank and ugly pedestals recording nothing.

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  • Andi

    A common history is what binds a people together, giving them a heritage. Without history, we are not a nation united but a sea of individuals. I’m starting to see the reason behind this madness. Monuments don’t just glorify the person, object or institution they depict. We need to know what our forefathers did, good and bad, to know how we got to where we are as a people. Those ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it. Without that knowledge of the past, we can’t learn from mistakes made in the past.

  • 7818TD

    Why would we attempt to wipe out our History, could it be the same ones who have wiped out our Morals in our Culture? What exactly, do they have to offer as a replacement to the rich Heritage of America?

    • Superma

      With what do “they” plan to use to replace our standards of morality?

  • Monica

    I live in the New Orleans area and have taken many pictures of the statues in the city. It’s history, aren’t “they” offended by plantation homes too? Why aren’t they wanting to tear those down? I do believe the mayor of the city is allowing this to happen and seems to be encouraging this division of people’s. I’ve honesty never heard anyone complain of statues before. It’s another way to waste money and resources instead of fixing the crime problem in New Orleans.

  • Martin W Howser

    Does not this smack of one of the requirements becoming a Marist State, destroy the history of the previous state so you can install a new history.

  • Martin W Howser

    In effect destroy the history and beliefs of the old culture so at to set the stage for the new progressive culture from Hell.

  • proudmomoffive

    I always relate to this example as appalling, showing how, to wipe out the history of a nation is to prepare that nation for bondage: When Osama Bin Laden was finally found and killed some 18 year old high schoolers were tweeting “who is this man and why is it important that we killed him?”. My kids do not go to public school, they are homeschooled, and I always make it a point to explain to them as best as I can what happen in 9/11 and have showed them the horrific videos of the twin towers falling down. The tearing down of the statues is just one of the many efforts of the powers that be to erase the history of the American people, so they would become easy to manipulate. In my school district they voted two years ago to adopt the Common Core (there goes the district!) and to erase from history and social science classes, any references to the Constitution, U.S. History or anything patriotic.

  • Tobi

    This is about actual history. Do you know what your goverment is doing in Syria (and other places around the world)?

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