State and federal lawmakers are jumping on the bandwagon to eliminate Confederate statues and symbolism – from just about everywhere.
The decision by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to call for lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from capitol grounds after the massacre that killed nine African American churchgoers created a massive “ripple effect,” host of “Outnumbered,” Harris Faulkner said.
According to Fox News, the list of banning of Confederate material includes Kentucky officials who want to remove a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis from the state capitol rotunda. Activists in Minnesota are demanding that a lake named after John C. Calhoun be renamed.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., advised the University of Nevada to rethink their Running Rebels mascot, while San Diego is considering changing the name of a “Robert E. Lee” elementary school.
The long list doesn’t end there.
On Tuesday, a school board in Arkansas voted unanimously to ban the song “Dixie” for the next school year and will phase out their mascot, also named “Rebel,” Fox News reported.
Virginia’s Governor is dropping the flag from license plates, with other states expected to follow. Even the iconic movie, “Gone with the Wind” is under fire, as discussion about banning it has started to stir.
Many critics of Haley’s controversial flag-removal decision say they saw this coming and worry about a historical cover-up.
“Where does it stop?” Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., asked Fox News. “Especially if you start letting people define our history.”
“They are part of our history and not all our history is dandelions and butterflies,” Mulvaney said.
Faulkner understands Mulvaney’s sentiment and gave her perspective from her African-American point of view.
“As a black parent, I want my black children, my biracial children, to understand what history really is,” she said.
“So, when you start talking about taking down memorials and statues… how far will you take it to erase history? ‘Cause you can’t erase where we’ve come from,” she said.
Faulkner said she can understand having a discussion about the flag after the South Carolina massacre, but when it comes to those who want to wipe away history, she asks if we are supposed to have any memory at all.
“How ignorant do you want us to become?” she challenged.
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