“Like — if you start tearing down historical monuments, would not it be a case when people who are not even close in their views to Nazis become so annoyed that they would want to say something about it, resulting in more people appearing in events that in the past would only attract few and make no headlines in press?”
I’ll go one better: what if no one wants to tear down a historical monument, but some fake group makes a page, called “Texas Antifa”, saying that the left wants to tear down a statue of Sam Houston?
“Older members of the crowd carried Confederate flags, while the younger, internet-driven masses wore patches with 4chan’s Kekistan banner. Rally-goers in homemade armor and semi-automatic rifles paced Houston’s Hermann Park, waiting for an enemy to appear.
The crowd, several hundred strong, gathered in the park on Saturday to defend a statue of Sam Houston, a slaveholder. They had gathered in response to reports that leftist protesters had planned a rally to remove the statue, despite Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicly stating that removing the statue wasn’t “even on my agenda.” But as sniper rifles and Infowars-branded jackets crowded the park, it became evident that the left protesters were not coming. They had never planned to come. The rumors of an antifa protest were actually a hoax, orchestrated by an anti-left group defending Confederate monuments.”
Older members of the crowd carried Confederate flags, while the younger, internet-driven masses wore patches with 4chan…www.thedailybeast.com
Now, that is really disturbing for several reasons. For one thing, Sam Houston was actually well known for opposing Texas joining the Confederacy. I know this, because I grew up in Texas and I actually had to read about Sam Houston. Maybe someone does want to remove his statue, but there is definitely not a lot of people explaining why.
The creepy thing is that all those guys who showed up without even questioning why the Left wants to remove the statue of a guy who opposed the Confederacy. They do not know their own history well enough to even ask the question.
The Left didn’t do that.
I love Sam Houston. I am afraid of the people we are becoming, that have no idea how to navigate their own culture and history. A fake page made an unbelievable claim. And a few hundred angry people showed up in a public park, armed to the teeth, to confront an imaginary army.
He would not want to be defended by men who admired him without knowing who he was and what he stood for.
”It is a matter of great satisfaction to me to hope that my children will be in circumstances to receive a good education. Mine was defective and I feel the inconvenience, if not the misfortune of not receiving a classical education. Knowledge is the food of genius, and my son, let no opportunity escape you to treasure up knowledge.”
— Sam Houston