Viewpoints – The Confederate Statues

Perhaps we should all step back and consider a few facts about this issue of Confederate statues and the battle flag of the Confederacy.  This issue isn’t about taking the side of Black Lives Matter or the White Supremacists and similar groups.  The issue is another one that is being used as a wedge to further divide our country.  But, consider this:
  • There isn’t a single person alive today that has either owned or been a slave, none of us are responsible for what our forefathers did;
  • The civil war was not about slavery, but about states rights;
  • Banning statues and other symbols or our country’s past is tantamount to banning books because someone doesn’t like the content;
  • A few years back, when the Democrats controlled both houses of congress and the WH this was not an issue, why is it now;
  • Al Sharpton, of all people, says he doesn’t want his tax dollars spent on these racist symbols (Isn’t this the Sharpton that owes $10 million in back taxes);
  • At the time of the civil war, the Southern states (all slave-owning states) were solidly Democratic, it was the Republicans that ended slavery; and
  • The related protests are being fueled and emotions fanned by the very hate groups that decry others for spreading hate.
I believe that if you asked 100 minority persons, you would find that 99 of them have never spent one minute of their lives worrying about those statues.  It isn’t the minority masses that are suddenly upset by them, it is a fringe group of people who want to sow further division and hate.[su_spacer]
These radical fringe groups want the 10 commandments removed from all government facilities, any reference to God removed from our schools and currency, and the pledge of allegiance prohibited in our class rooms.  It certainly doesn’t take a genius to see the pattern of this.[su_spacer]
Trump was correct when he said that all parties share in the blame.  What he couldn’t say is that we the silent majority are really at fault for putting up with this continued nonsense.

Of course, it would all die out if the media simply didn’t give them press space and airtime.

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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  1. For me, tearing down a statue is the same as burning a book. Often they are done by people that don’t understand them.

    When I see people attacking those statues, I think of barbarian hordes invading a civilized city and start smashing everything. Amazing that our society has advanced so much that now it’s creating violent barbarians.