The Confederacy existed in a radically different era and adhered to the legal and ethical standards of its time. But some of our so-called authorities evaluate the Confederacy using today’s standards. This creates an unfair depiction of Confederates.
Our first Black Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin proposes to spend 63 million taxpayer dollars to remove names of Confederate leaders from nine military bases. Yes, you read that correctly. 63 million taxpayer dollars to change the names of nine military bases. This massive expenditure of taxpayer dollars comes at a time when roughly half of American families are struggling to pay their bills. And many families can’t afford food or medical treatments.
Lloyd Austin’s unwise 63 million dollar expenditure to diminish the South’s history is no surprise. Austin is a classic example of an anti-Southern Washington leftist. He was appointed the first Black commander of Central Command by President Barack Obama. And President Joe Biden selected Austin as his Secretary of Defense.
Service members complained that under Austin’s leadership they have been subjected to diversity training and indoctrinated on Critical Race Theory, police brutality, White privilege, and systemic racism. Lloyd Austin is abusing the authority of his office to pursue a personal agenda.
Lloyd Austin does not like Whites especially Southern Whites. So he plans to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases. These military bases have been around since the early 1900s. One of the targeted bases is Fort Lee in Virginia, named after Confederate general Robert E. Lee. It is suggested that Fort Lee be renamed for Oveta Culp Hobby, the first director of the Women’s Army Corp.
Secretary of Defense Austin will destroy a crucial part of American history by renaming civil war forts after persons who have no connections with the military. A typical suggested name replacement is Harriet Tubman who escaped from slavery and helped other slaves escape using the Underground Railroad. But she has no connection to the military.
Austin’s efforts are strongly supported by Maryland’s Anthony Brown, another anti-White Black politician. These are Brown’s comments on renaming the forts: “I’ve long maintained that traitorous men who fought to preserve the institution of slavery and defend white supremacy do not deserve to be honored by our military, and it is long past time their names were removed from places of reverence.”
Brown is not what you would call an authority on American history. He simply reiterates the simplistic, socio/political interpretations. Brown would approve of the current trend of plaques being placed next to statues of some of our famous heroes . These plaques denigrate these famous persons by indicating their involvement with slavery, even though slavery was legal during their lifetimes.
I must mention this. There is talk of renaming Confederate grave markers. (I promise I didn’t make this up.) These self-anointed do-gooders actually want to change the name of the deceased on a grave marker if it has a Confederate connection. This is not only deceitful but immoral.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.