The left continues the fight to erase US history by removing Confederate monuments but South Carolina isn’t having it!
Activists are going to every city that has a confederate monument displayed and some have actually obliged. South Carolina, on the other hand, has a law that protects their historic monuments from being destroyed, removed or renamed. The demand to remove their Confederate statue has been denied!
The Right Print| Travis Greene, president of Fighting Injustice Together (FIT), said his group wants the statue demolished because of its “racist premises.”
“We feel like it is a symbol of oppression for African-Americans here,” said Greene, who admitted he did not know the statue existed until recently.
The monument was erected in 1891 and stood on Main Street until being moved to the cemetery in 1923. At the time, one of the reasons used to justify the move was the transition to automobiles, which made the statue a traffic hazard.
Bruce Wilson, the founder, and CEO of FIT had formally asked for the statue to come down. The city officially responded on Friday in a letter from city attorney Michael Pitts.
“Dear Mr. Wilson,
“I have been provided with a copy of your August. 20, 2017 correspondence to the Greenville City Council. I write in my capacity as the city attorney solely to clarify the facts and law surrounding this important issue for our community.
“The Confederate statue is located in a public plaza adjacent to the Springwood Cemetery. While not integrated into the cemetery itself, it nevertheless sits on property that is part of the cemetery, the parcels of which have been assembled over the years by various conveyances of property. The city does maintain the plaza as it does all such public places. It is my understanding the statute itself requires no ongoing maintenance.
“The statue is not privately owned. It was the subject of a 1924 lawsuit where the South Carolina Supreme Court recognized the statue is public property. Grady v. City of Greenville, 129 S.C. 89 (1924).
“The statue is a war monument or memorial covered under Section 10-1-165 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, commonly known as the Heritage Act. The Act provides as follows:
‘(A) No Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, War Between the States, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Native American, or African-American History monuments or memorials erected on public property of the State or any of its political subdivisions may be relocated, removed, disturbed, or altered. No street, bridge, structure, park, preserve, reserve, or another public area of the State or any of its political subdivisions dedicated in memory of or named for any historic figure or historic event may be renamed or rededicated. No person may prevent the public body responsible for the monument or memorial from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation, and care of these monuments, memorials, or nameplates.
‘(B) The provisions of this section may only be amended or repealed upon passage of an act which has received a two-thirds vote on the third reading of the bill in each branch of the General Assembly.’
“In light of the Act, the statute may not be moved or otherwise relocated. Nor may it be covered as that would constitute disturbing and/or altering the statue, which is also prohibited. The provisions of the Act may not be repealed or amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the South Carolina General Assembly on third reading.
“This letter strictly addresses the legal issues raised by the Heritage Act and does not reflect or address any Council Member’s opinion concerning the appropriateness of the monument or its location. If you have any questions about the City’s legal position, I would be delighted to address them.”
South Carolina did the right thing. Taking down statues, rioting and committing violent acts is not going to change the past history of America. All Americans acknowledge that what happened was sad and wrong but what Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other hate groups do not get is that what they are doing is not going to change history.
They have the opportunity to change the future for the better. But the hate and division aren’t going to bring out any change for good. And erasing history will do nothing but create a generation that is ignorant of our history. How are we able to avoid repeating history if our future generation isn’t able to learn from the mistakes of the past?
Way to go South Carolina! Share this if you support their decision!