Normally, I try to stray away from controversy. It is amazing that age can have that effect on a person. I mean when I was younger, I was all about making a stand and charging the masses with my controversial opinion. These days…not so much. Never discuss politics in polite company. I’m not always good about that, but sometimes you just get pushed past the point of return on some subjects. Either way, I’m better about it than I use to be.
When I first saw this sign, I was intrigued. I had seen several monuments at Gettysburg by that point and it was the first time I could recall actually seeing this sign. I would like to say that it took forever for me to figure out why this sign was in front of this particular monument and not others, but that would be lie. Truth be told, I wasn’t at all surprised. Just surprised that we are still in age where this is an issue. That shouldn’t surprise me either, though.
Good Ole General Lee upon Traveller standing high above his troops. The Virginia Monument. Now, I’m not about to take sides. I’m not about to get upon my soapbox (and it is overflowing). I’m not going to give a history lesson. I’m not going to preach. I’m not going to open this up for political debate.
Truth be told, I’ve been procrastinating on posting these pictures. To post pictures of a controversial man. To post pictures of Confederate monuments. The audacity. I can hear the critics now.
I find this to be a shame. I’m a Civil War girl. I’m a battlefield girl and I have so many pictures. I should be able to share those without there being some hidden agenda. Without there being some indication as to what side of the fence I stand on. Truth be told, if you haven’t figured it out yet….I never stand on one side over the other.
The fence. Sides of the fence. Pick a side. Please. I’m usually the girl who finds the post in the middle. I then stand upon that post perched like a bird shaking her head at the ridiculousness that arises from taking one side over the other. There are always two sides to each story. There is always controversy revolving around those stories. For this reason, I like to know both sides before I step down from upon my perch to pick a side and join the masses. That is if I choose to join the masses, but considering whom usually ends up talking for the masses…I tend to just stay upon my perch.
Then yesterday, I felt the southern girl pride come out or just the girl who has had enough of this ridiculous controversy and BS. It got a little bit harder to keep my mouth shut.
The Dukes of Hazzard being removed from TV Land and other stations because of the General Lee… A CAR. Yes, a car that dons the bars and stripes on the roof top, but a car in an iconic television show none-the-less. One that I grew up watching. One that I still watch when I can.
A show that is hardly racist and probably one of the few shows from that era that didn’t have those hidden quips of racial stereotyping. A TV Show, A Car. One that you watch and can realize in a minute that the General Lee had nothing to do with slavery, racism, or much else pertaining to the ignorance that arose from the Civil War . It’s a car, people.
The Duke Boys’ reason for the General Lee is a simple and traditional one, but I digress. Now, I’m going to step down off that soapbox, because if I don’t we’ll be here forever. I will say, though, enough is enough already. We are starting to cross a line.
I look at the photo above and I do fight the urge to put in my two cents. A friend and I had a long conversation about it yesterday and I get it. I do. This is a monument, though. It represents what you want it to represent. There are so many sides to every story. What once was and what now is….are not necessarily on the same page. Things now are now and not what it once was nor what it was necessarily meant to be. Monuments, flags…the flag (you know which one)….they did not begin with what they became. That was all the result of people doing all the wrong the things and going about making their stands all kinds of the wrong way.
Now in attempts to repair the past, we’re not doing such a good job at repairing the now. Just sayin’.
I have other pictures from Gettysburg and I will be posting them. They will not be General Lee, but when I go to battlefields, I respect both sides of the line. Have a beautiful day.