Letter: Jim Gavan, Leesburg

This is not so much a letter, but simply posing a question for discussion.

Instead of fighting for months, possibly years, about removing statues, why not add or revise the descriptive plaque to include the words, “Defender of slavery, and racial oppression and traitor to the Constitution of the United States of America”?  It would be historically accurate.  We could start at the Loudoun courthouse.

I do support removal of the confederate statues as they are an affront to many, many Americans including me.

Jim Gavan, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: Jim Gavan, Leesburg

  • 2020-06-11 at 2:18 pm
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    I bet you wanted to change the names of streets, holidays and schools also. Lot of good that did you are still butthurt. Your faux outrage is duly noted and it is newly minted. It was about states rights until 1863 and Lincoln could of cared less about slavery see the quote a house divided. Your version of history deviates from historical fact. Renaming everything and removing statues makes absolutely no difference! There is a place for your plaques figure it out.

  • 2020-06-13 at 1:20 pm
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    There is a bust of Stalin in Bedford, Va and other statues of socialist mass killers, like Lenin, other parts of this country. Where is your sensibilities with this? Your ignorance is an affront because it exposes the deep problems with US education.

  • 2020-06-15 at 11:58 pm
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    Once you start erasing history you lose the ability to learn from it. If we can’t learn from our faults and mistakes we are much more likely to continue in those errors.

    A lot of southern boys volunteered to fight for their states and the vast majority of them never owned slaves. None of my ancestors owned slaves yet they fought for the south.

    Even Lincoln admitted the war was not about slavery until the issue could be leveraged against England and France to dissuade their active support of the Confederacy. And even then, the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed no one then held in bondage. It was all “spin” as we would call it today.

    The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause. I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views. – A. Lincoln

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