Appearing on WGAN-AM (a news radio station in Portland) earlier today, Maine governor Paul LePage said that removing statues of Confederate generals is like removing the 9/11 memorial.
He also compared the left wing counter-protestors to the Taliban, saying they were “equally as bad” as the white supremacists and “disgusting”.
“How can future generations learn if we’re going to erase history? That’s disgusting,” he said.
“To me, it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11. It will come to that.”
Except – it’s definitely not the same, Paul. And it obviously won’t come to that. Because even though 9/11 and slavery were both terrible things, the 9/11 memorial pays tribute to the victims, not the perpetrators.
Confederate statues aren’t paying tribute to the strength and bravery of the slaves, they’re glorifying the people who enslaved them. It would be like having a statue of fucking Osama Bin Laden in your local park.
It’s unbelievable that we still have leaders in the most powerful country in the world who can’t see things for what they really are. It’s almost as if people have retaliated so hard against the left’s criticism by saying “well everyone’s entitled to an opinion!” that they can’t see that, actually, in this case, one opinion is CLEARLY wrong.
This ain’t a situation where “all views need to be respected” – one view is clearly disgusting and needs to stop being entertained in the name of “fairness” (or in this case, blatant racism).
But then what do you expect from the guy that also said that the US should bring back the guillotine for public executions?
*Sigh* we’ve got a long way to go, people.