Deconstructing American history: Don’t stop with the Confederates

Like slavery, rape reduces a human being to the status of object, a thing with no meaningful dreams, hopes and wants to the attacker. If slave owners don't get statues, should rapists?

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Bill Clinton / Image: Les Stockton (2011) Used under Flickr Creative Commons license
Bill Clinton / Image: Les Stockton (2011) Used under Flickr Creative Commons license

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2017 — Ask any woman who has been attacked, brutalized or raped: It’s a nightmare. It is personal. It’s a horror they relive every day.

Slavery is a part of America’s history. The brutality endured by slaves is a vast blot on our history, and the damage slavery and racial hatred did to the descendants of slaves is incalculable.

Slavery turned human beings into a commodity. It reduced men and women to objects of violence. It shares that feature with rape.

According to RAINN.com, in the U.S.:

  • There is a sexual assault every 98 seconds;
  • one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape (14.8 percent completed, 2.8 percent attempted);
  • about 3 percent of American men—or 1 in 33—have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime;
  • from 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse;5
  • a majority of child victims of rape and sexual abuse are 12-17. Of victims under the age of 18, 34 percent are under age 12, and 66 percent are age 12-17.

We can’t compare rape and slavery as crimes. Rape is an individual act, while slavery was a crime in which our legal and judicial systems were complicit. It would be a grotesque and hopeless enterprise to compare the suffering endured by victims of the two crimes, but we can draw other comparisons. And there is one important difference: Rape is still with us.

Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Juanita Broderick claims that Bill Clinton raped her. There can be no redress for Sally Hemings, and Jefferson is beyond any punishment we can inflict. Broderick lives, and she lives every day knowing that she was treated like a thing, not a human, knowing that her feelings and wants were as unimportant to Clinton as Hemings’ were to Jefferson.


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Broderick was treated like property by a powerful man, his wife and the Democratic Party.

He didn’t just get away with it; there is a statue to him in Rapid City, South Dakota. If the act of reducing another human to an object should bring down slave-holders’ statues, it should bring down Clinton’s as well.

The Twitterverse is taking on the hypocrisy of the statue to Clinton, who was president of the United States from 1992 to 2000. In addition to his abuse of women, he is the only modern president to be impeached; he was accused of lying under oath.

IJR reports:

“He (Clinton) also has a long and sad history as an alleged sexual predator. His many affairs and accusations are detailed at length here. They include, but are not limited to:

Juanita Broaddrick

Kathleen Willey

Paula Jones

Monica Lewinsky

Sandra Allen James

Eileen Wellstone

Carolyn Moffet

Carolyn Zercher

Gennifer Flowers

Helen Dowdy

“While many of the above cases were settled in different ways, all the women have come forward as sexual assault victims and accused Clinton of being, at the very least, a ‘sexual predator.’

“The behavior and sordid past has led to some activists and concerned citizens to criticize a statue honoring Clinton which proudly stands in South Dakota city of Rapid City.”

The Twitterverse responds:

and….

This Statue of Rapist Bill Clinton is in Rapid City, South Dakota. Must come down..It has no right being part of our History. He’s a RAPIST pic.twitter.com/CazDU0fPaL

— Evy (@evyssilverbird) August 16, 2017

In an interview with the American Mirror,  Broaddrick denounced the lack of effort to take down the Rapid City statue to Clinton. She still says he raped her in a Little Rock, Arkansas hotel room in 1978.

“I would like to personally use a sledgehammer on it, with the help of Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones,” Broaddrick says.

Message to ANTIFA, which claims to stand for the oppressed: The Clinton statue stands at the street corner of 7th and Saint Joseph Street.

But this latest fight is not about women; unless it’s politically expedient, it’s never about women, their rights, or safety. It’s about white supremacists and the KKK.

So let’s eradicate any reminder of Senator Robert Byrd.

So far no one has demanded that statues of Byrd, a former senator, Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, and friend and mentor to the other Clinton, Hillary, be toppled.

Another great Democratic peace maker, President Obama, justified the killing of five white police officers in Dallas. Those officers were killed protecting citizens of Dallas, not black or white citizens.

The Washington Times wrote:

“President Obama defended the Black Lives Matter movement Tuesday at a memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, saying bigotry remains a problem in police departments across the U.S.

“While paying tribute to the fallen officers for sacrificing their lives to protect anti-police protesters from a sniper, Mr. Obama also called on law enforcement agencies to root out bias that he said is contributing to violence on the streets of America.

“’We have all seen this bigotry in our lives at some point,’ Mr. Obama told an audience of about 2,500 at a concert hall in Dallas. ‘None of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.’”

Fox News commentator Katie Pavlich observed, “Worst part of Obama’s lecture about racial bias today? He did it at a memorial for 5 officers who were killed because they were white.”

Because President Obama chose the inopportune moment to justify the killing of five white officers because they had to be bigots, should white police officers and their families band together to demand that statues of President Obama be destroyed?

Maybe.

If we can take a moment, to be honest with ourselves, Confederates were traitors to the U.S. during the Civil War. The fact that they were forgiven their sins of slavery and America, shows that the true mettle of America in that we have been able to argue, disagree, and forgive.

Like a family, our blood runs red and shares DNA above and beyond the double helix.

Those Confederate generals whose statues are in danger of the melting pot were proven wrong. But what ANTIFA wants to do is eradicate that the battle happened.  That Americans died, on both sides, protecting what they believed was right.


Confederate statues and American iconoclasts


Today’s battle is the result of attempts to rewrite history, and when it can’t be rewritten, demand that the world forget it. And it may be that Democrats, the historical party of white nationalism, a party that honors racist Klan members, and which ignores a president who glossed over a black nationalist whose only goal that horrific night was to kill white cops, simply wants to stop this country from moving forward.

And that is quite simply wrong.

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