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Why Confederate Monuments Need to Be Removed: Chuck D Breaks It Down



by G. Brown

The Confederate flag, Robert E. Lee statues, relics of the civil war guard the entries to court houses, municipal offices and parks throughout the country but especially in the south.  According to the Southern Law Poverty Center there are an estimated 1503 of these monuments that dot landscapes across the U.S.  To some they are sacred reminders of the heroes of a lost war…to others they are like shards of glass reflecting painful memories of a time when the ‘Land of the free’ refrain did not apply to people of color.

This chasm of opinion over Confederate monuments was the backdrop to another racial uprising…one of the worst since the 60’s.  When Charlottesville Virginia decided to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, white nationalists showed up in mobs to protect the symbol of White power.  Just Confederates were on the losing side of the Civil War, Confederate lovers may be on a losing side of the war over monuments.

Other cities like Baltimore, Lexington Kentucky, Durham North Carolina and Gainesville Florida have already removed or voted to remove similar monuments.  Statues like “Old Joe” dredge up old resentments and painful memories of slavery and savagery inflicted on Blacks who were regarded as property-not people.

On YouTube, The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur sat down with Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage rapper Chuck D and guitarist Tom Morell  to talk about what happened in Charlottesville and why the monuments should come down. Chuck D says of those monuments, “The fact that it stands up is like holding onto like this is what we have left to remind you that you ain’t sh*t.” The rapper continued saying, “You know symbols and statues…these things have been institutionalized, they’ve been protected… But what you have different is you have new generations. So when people say, ‘why have we changed?’…because the system of it has not been examined and eradicated to the point where it’s overhauled completely.”

The “Fight the Power” and “Rebel Without a Pause” rapper explained that these monuments and statues are a way to keep that racial hatred alive.  It’s a way to pass down hatred from the Civil War to younger generations like the 20 year old accused of killing a woman when he drove his car into the counter protesters.  Chuck D says these younger generations don’t see themselves as racist because their behavior is being backed by the White House.

Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello offered some insight on Charlottesville and says the counter protesters who went head to head with the white supremacists and nationalists are heroes. Morello says, “The word antifascist began in Berlin in 1932. The first antifascists were those who were standing up to to the rising Nazi movements in Germany in ’32. And those antifascists on the streets in Charlottesville and around the globe, those are heroes….standing up [against] a repugnant fascist evil that has grown in the White House.

Morello added the reason they (the protesters) have their hoods off is because they’ve got their hoods off in the Oval Office.  Morello added, “They’re emboldened by that White nationalism and that racism which has been coddled by the White House.”   Morello’s point was proven just yesterday when Trump held a news conference that left most logical people speechless.   Trump walked back his earlier denouncement of the White supremacist and instead went back to his both sides are to blame as part of his whitesplaining defense of the white nationalist.  Former KKK leader and White supremacist David Duke tweeted a thank you to Trump following the news conference.

The  interviewer then interjected a thought we’d like to leave you with.  Uygur says most “younger White men want equalitythey’re for freedom…for America. What you you’re seeing in the White House  now is the last gasp of the angry White man“.  That “angry White man” may be gasping for his last Battle of Bull Run, but he’s going to find just as many angry Black men and women ready to fight their Battle of Appomattox.

You can watch that entire clip from TYT with Chuck D and Morello below.

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  1. Shawn J.

    August 17, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    We’re living in the “end” times; those who are for the Lord, always pray without ceasing. For the devil knows that his time is short, and that he’s trying to get as many souls as he can. If you’re on the Lord’s side, stay vigilant!

  2. Nyabinghi Djehutti

    August 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    The American civil war was not about slavery, but rather state’s rights and what the southern states thought was unreasonable taxation. The same issue that southern politicians are concerned with today. Nothing has changed ideologically.

    The Union decided to use the abolition of slavery to economically cripple the southern states, as it DID NOT abolish slavery in states loyal to the Union. There was no moral imperative involved, except to put lipstick on the proverbial pig. This is why there are Confederate monuments in slave holding states, regardless of their affiliation with the Union or Confederacy.

    The civil war was not about racism at all and that is why the end of the war did not bring about an end to racism nor white supremacy. That is why there is so much backlash, no pun intended, to the removal of Confederate monuments.

    However, when you think about it. Most American monuments honor those who either owned slaves or were complicit with slavery. So, should every monument be removed? Some would say yes, but there is some merit to the claim of erasing history. America’s shameful past and how it used slavery to amass enough wealth to become the world’s largest superpower should never be forgotten, lest people also forget how African-Americans came to be in such a difficult predicament. It is said that if one does not know their past, they are doomed to repeat it.

    I say, let the monuments stand, but let them serve as testimony to the heinous crimes against humanity. Have the monuments tell the WHOLE TRUTH with narratives affixed to their platforms, such that they become a permanent reminder of the infamy of who they represent. I’d rather be disturbed by the TRUTH than to have it be forgotten and disregarded.

    One of the reasons so many black youth are degenerate is that they know nothing of their history and have no idea of where they stand in the continuity of the struggle against oppression, to the point that so many have become willing participants in their own destruction. Too many don’t even believe what their ancestors went through because it is so far removed. Let these monuments be a permanent teaching tool to last through generations.

  3. NBA is fixed

    August 17, 2017 at 12:44 am

    In regards to the riots in Charlottesvile Virginia, here are some words and phrases mainstream media have not said:

    1. White on white crime

    2. Domestic terrorism

    3. Thugs

    4. Gangsters

    5. Murderers

    When white people riot, the white owned corporate media somewhat uses soft non abrasive language to broadcast lies. CNN, Fox News, ABC and the rest of the tv media broadcast the lie that thsoe white people were fighting for their freedom. The truth, they were terrorizing an entire University over a damn statue. The term “White Nationalist” is a way to soften the image of white people. The media should call these people exactly what they are; nazis, ku klux klan and skinheads and neo confederates.

    One more thing, the reason why the so called liberal media (Oxymoron) is bashing President Trump is because the majority of tv, print and internet media is owned by white people who are jewish. One of the chants yelled by these nazis and KKK members was, “Jews will not replace us.” This is definitely white on white crime. Three white people killed in last weeks riots. Damn shame the media will not say “White on white crime.” Then again, the job of mainstream media is to broadcast the lie.

  4. NBA is fixed

    August 17, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Neo nazis, kkk, skinheads and neo confederates protest at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia. Recently HBO/Time Warner announced they will broadcast a tv series about what life would be like if the confederacy won the Civil War. Coincidence or consiracy; you be the judge. #Psyop

  5. NBA is fixed

    August 17, 2017 at 12:17 am

    the racist group of white people wearing the white bedsheets is called the Ku Klux Klan. The abreviation of the Ku Klux Klan is KKK. The letter K is the 11th letter in the alphabet. There are three K’s in Ku Klux Klan. Eleven times three is thirty three. There are thrity three degrees in freemasonry.

    The leader of the Ku Klux Klan is called the Grand Wizard. A wizard is a man who practices so called black magic. Black magic is a foractice of satanism. In conclusion, white people who are members of the Ku Klux zklan are devil worshippers.

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