My fellow blacks, please: Stop wasting time on statues and solve today’s problems
The controversy about the Confederate statues is still ongoing. Former Presidential Candidate and CEO Herman Cain urged the African Americans to stop wasting their time on Confederate statues and focus on solving today’s real problems.
Atlanta’s Bishop Jerome Dukes recently explained why people should protest against the Confederate statues and monuments and ultimately take them down.
Although our nation’s founders are seen as visionaries, the African-Americans do not think the same. The only thing that matters to them is that they owned hundreds of slaves.
Herman Cain reports: I am an African-American. I hate the institution of slavery as much as Bishop Dukes does. But I have noticed something he seems to have missed. I am not a slave! And neither is he.
Slavery was an awful historical injustice, and it helped set in motion many of the problems the black community faces today. But it is not the problem we need to solve today. Those problems are poverty, illiteracy, drugs, crime, and violence.
The slavery officially ended on December 6, 1865, when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. However, slavery was part of the American history and taking down those statues will erase that part.
But, removing the Confederate statues will not solve the problems that our country is facing right now. The people should focus on solving the real problems.
Herman Cain reports: Now we’re hearing that it’s not enough to tear down statues of Confederate soldiers, because having fought for the slave-owning Confederacy is not the only sin that needs to be erased from history. Now some want to tear down memorials to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson too, because they also owned slaves.
Everyone should know the real story. Those men created the greatest nation in the world and a political system that protects our freedom and prosperity. Although they were participating in an evil institution, that doesn’t mean that we should erase them from our history.
Thanks to them, we have the world we live in today. It would be better to learn a few things from them instead of wasting our time removing the statues. The removal will not make the history go away.