I understand the mechanisms of diluting and ignoring certain aspects of history in order to develop myths that buttress all regimes. That statue was erected in Travis Park during a time of Jim Crow law. It was a resolute event to buttress the racism of the South and the aficionados of white supremacy.
If, for example, one wanted to cover up an important detail in the analysis of political history, to protect the ideological structure of a regime, in this case the ancestors of a white supremacist movement, what better way to do that than to ignore important features of what took place around a political event or political actor. If one were to try and convince the general public that the Civil War was not about slavery it is simple enough to ignore the economic wealth of the plantation system, and the use of slaves, in the production of cotton and what that economic loss would mean to a slave owning class that had entrenched itself in this mode of production in the South. Simply put, the slave owners had much to lose if slavery were abolished.
The driving force behind the Civil War was slavery and the millions of dollars that stood to be lost if slavery were abolished. Since slavery was abolished, the next worst thing was to institute Jim Crow law in order to perpetuate the doctrines of bigotry under the pretense of honoring the dead. But what dead? The soldiers that defended slavery? Of course, and the Jim Crowlaws that were immortalized with icons and statues. The problems of slavery, though it goes back centuries, are still with us in the form of wolves howling for us to remember traitors, pro-slavery men, and racists.
These statues represent a long history of oppression that prospers because ignorance rules supreme. Just as the history of the Civil War is falsified through claims that it was not about slavery, there is more that is ignored about how our country evolved toward civil strife from its past. In Gerald Horne’s book, The Counter Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, we discover that the American Revolution of 1776, against English rule, was drenched in the fact that millions of dollars invested in slavery would be lost if the British won the war. England eventually opposed slavery before the U.S. did, and this set off a wave of anger that fueled the 1776 Revolution. Slavery was the central issue behind the Battle of the Alamo as well, though we might not ever know it because of the purposeful omissions of less than honest researchers.
The American Revolutionary War was as much about slavery as anything else as witnessed in newspaper accounts, official government documents of the British and the Americans, and even in the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner which most people don’t know about. The third verse of the star spangled banner reads: “No refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight or gloom of the grave. And the star-spangled banner—O! Long may it wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Keep in mind that the part about the “hireling and slave” refers to black people and is an attack against the British who freed slaves and had more blacks fighting for them than George Washington did.
What better way to camouflage slavery as central to the 1776 Revolution, the Civil War, and the Texas revolt against Mexico than to couch it in grand slogans, songs, and poetry that are fictional accounts of the historical record along the lines of white supremacy. What better way to disguise the historical record about the Civil War than with statues and false claimsthat the North was trying to sabotage the culture of the southern states from their “beloved states’ rights,” while saying nothing about “southern heritage” that includes the barbaric system of slavery. The rights that the states have under the 10th Amendment was couched in the political smoke of a cliché termed “States Rights,” and even today political smoke and mirrors are used to hide the slave-minded cause of the South under the banner of “southern heritage.”
The detailed historical record illustrates that these “states’ rights” were molded around the idea of maintaining the institution of slavery, but yet camouflaged behind the idea that the individual states had rights that the federal government had given to them during compromises over slavery and representation in the Congress. If one reads the constitution carefully it can be deduced that the so-called founding fathers purposefully removed the terms slavery and slave from the wording. All of this fakery would lead to the Civil War and eventually to that racist statue in Travis Park.