When Texas decided as a state to leave the Union in 1861 it was obvious that the reason for this decision was slavery and the furtherance of white supremacy. In fact, slavery was the reason for the entire Civil War. Here is the undisputable truth. The Articles of Texas secession read in part: “We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regard as an inferior and dependent race, …That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and dissolution upon the fifteen slave-holding States.” This is lunacy in a pure form.
This is reason enough to remove the racist statue in Travis Park to a museum. This statue, which was represents the plantation owner’s dream of a slave empire, also represents segregationist laws, of what they could not accomplish by secession, but through city ordinances and statue building to honor the proponents of racism. Today, the ancestors of these racial lunatics have the gall to claim reverse discrimination because a few black or minority students want to be admitted to a university program that was all-white for decades, and would still be all-white if not for the efforts of the Civil Rights movement. Shamefully, under Trumpism, we are beginning to see legislation that seeks to return institutions to their all-white origins. Just recently, in Virginia, a mob of torch bearing loons paraded, KKK style, in protest to their idols of slavery being removed to museums. We still have a major idol of slavery in Travis Park that needs removal.
In San Antonio, Texas blacks had to swim in creeks near Woodlawn Lake because they could not use the city swimming pools in the 1950s. What incredible stupidity, but yet our entire country was ruled by incredibly stupid people! Blacks and whites were subject to prison terms in Texas for interracial marriage, and several laws prevented blacks and whites from playing cards, marbles, and other games with one another. These laws existed to one degree or another in every state, but they were particularly abusive in the South. This is why Robert E. Lee is no hero, Jefferson Davis is no hero, the Confederacy and the troops that fought to defend slavery were nothing but ignorant followers of the wealthy plantation owners. Those claiming the rebel flag is a symbol worth wearing or displaying are as looney as the concepts that the flag represents.
Those that claim the Civil War was not about racism are either too lazy to research the information, followers of racial conservatives, overt racists, or closet racialist bone heads. The rebel flag represents the ideas of white supremacy and all of the horrors explained above. It is not about “Southern Heritage!” The “Southern Heritage” argument is propaganda at its worst, and relies upon people not doing their historical homework. No one should celebrate the Confederacy with rebel flags flying over the dead in some confederate cemetery, nor should we sit back and watch racist bigots re-enact Civil War battles without telling the world that the confederacy and the racist ideas that it represented should be viewed as one would view the Nazis and the KKK. What the racists did too many people, both black and white, is nothing to celebrate.
I heard two ridiculous arguments for keeping the statue at Travis Park, which purports to honor those that fought for slavery. One argument claims that black folk need to be reminded about racism by letting the statue stay, and the other claims that by taking the statue down it would amount to erasing history. Ignorant to say the least! Removing the statue to a museum, is putting history in its proper place as opposed to keeping a racist symbol in your face. We have plenty of reminders of racism including police abuse, job discrimination, and other problems. Sorry, but these two arguments are absolute foolishness and not worthy of debate. We must keep up the fight to remove the symbols of racism. Travis Park is not the only one, but its one battle at a time.