Silent Sam, a Confederate monument at UNC-Chapel Hill, was erected over a hundred years ago to commemorate students who lost their lives during the War of Northern Aggression. For many alumni, this statue was seen as a protector of this institution of high learning, but today’s doctrinaires see this inanimate object as an oppressor. Silent Sam withstood many a storm over the century, but it couldn’t survive the wails of snowflakes.
As a student of history, I cannot help but think of radicals who’ve destroyed institutions, lives and complete civilizations. They usually start with statues, then they desecrate cemeteries and churches and finally the slaughter of human beings.
These snowflakes remind me of the Jacobins of the French Revolution; nothing was sacred to these people. Here is an excerpt from Citizens by Simon Schama:
But the most unruly demonstrations of dechristianizing zeal probably happened more or less spontaneously. When a regiment of the army, two thousand strong, arrived at Aurexxe en route to Lyon, for example, the cannoneers smashed in the church doors and mutilated images and statues of saints. A crucifix was taken from the chapel of Mary and paraded about upside down for citizens to spit on. When a local quarryman refused to do this, one of the soldiers cut off a part of his nose with his saber.
And of course, some of these revolutionaires were people who held prominent positions in the community.
More orderly forms of dechristianization were provided by such representanats-en-mission as the ex-Oratorian priest Fouche, who undertook a particularly enthusiastic campaign in the Nievre, where he stripped cemeteries of all religious symbols and posted on the gates his famous dictum “Death is but an eternal sleep.”
Governor Roy Cooper is as despicable as the ex-priest Fouche; this man is a demagogue who has just a much contempt for our history as the snowflakes who destroyed Silent Sam. These modern day Jacobins should be prosecuted, but justice will not be served when a fellow traveler resides in the governor’s mansion.