Adam H. Kerman
2020-07-24 08:06:39 UTC
I have had my country's history stolen from me today.
History is full of evil bastards who did a few important things. It's also
full of people who did many good things while also doing a few evil things.
I've never read about any historical figure without sin.
We are passing out your personal protective gear, today. It is mandatory
that you wear it. Please find a pair of rose-colored glasses to see a
prettier view of history. Please insert your earplugs so you can never
hear another objection.
You have a choice of apparatus to prevent speech. We have the ball gag,
from your favorite S&M supplier. We have the iron mask, complete with iron
tongue depressor. That one requires welding; it's best not do it yourself.
And we have a razor-sharp hunting knife. You may now slit your own
throat from ear to ear.
First, though, you had better install nose plugs. It all stinks.
Mary Ann Ahern (on-air reporter, NBC O&O WMAQ-TV)
Multiple sources believe @chicgosmayor has ordered the Columbus Statue
in Grant Park taken down and another Columbus statue in LIttle Italy
too. Sources say it will happen after 11pm tonight. So far, no
comment mayor's office. Will update. (Sound familiar? Meigs Field)
9:00 PM - Jul 23, 2020
Mayor Lori Lightfoot planning to remove Christopher Columbus statue from
Chicago's Grant Park
By Gregory Pratt and Peter Nickeas
Jul 23, 2020 at 9:10 PM
This violent protest scared the mayor but good:
Protesters Try To Tear Down Columbus Statue In Chicago As Clashes
Between Police, Activists Turn Violent:
Protesters nearly toppled a Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park
before police intervened.
Grace Del Vecchio @delvecchiograce
Colin Boyle @colinbphoto
Jul 17, 2020 10:47PM CDT
And it led to renaming a regional public park for Frederick Douglass.
Douglas Park Will Be Renamed For Frederick Douglass, Park District Board
Says: âWe Have Heard Youâ
After West Side students lobbied for the change for years, the Park
District Board unanimously voted to start the park renaming process
Published on Jul 22, 2020 1:06 PM CDT
In this article, I learned that Stephen A. Douglas was one of the most
notorious slavery advocates.
For those of you who don't remember your history, which apparently is
fewer and fewer of us, this would be the Stephen A. Douglas of the
Lincoln-Douglas debates. A lot of stuff in Illinois is named for him as
he was one of the state's most important politicians. In fact, both
Lincoln and Douglas worked together while Lincoln, a Republican, was in
the House, and Douglas, a Democrat was in the Senate, on legislation
benefitting Illinois, most famously, the first railroad land grant to
the Illinois Central Railroad.
His wife owned slaves.
Lincoln became a critical national figure thanks to the debates, even
though he lost the race for U.S. Senate. Had Lincoln won, he never would
have become president. This led to secession and Civil War, and legal
abolition of slavery in the 13th Amendment, and civil rights in the 14th
and 15 amendments, Reconstruction, etc.
Much of the debate between the two men concerned expansion of slavery
into the territories.
For those of you who have put out of mind how scared to death the nation
was in the years leading up to the Civil War that war would indeed break
out, Douglas wanted to continue political compromises to appease the
South because he thought it would prevent war. Lincoln, not arguing for
abolition, wanted no further expansion of slavery.
This stuff is critical history, but we're no longer allowed to remember.
Michael Madigan, speaker of the House for four decades, argued that the
enormous portrait of Douglas be removed from the state house. He's such
a reformer. Well, read about the Commonwealth Edison admission of
bribing him in a recent filing by the federal prosecutor.
btw, there is a public library branch within a block of the park that's
named for Frederick Douglass. It's not like Chicago has never honored him.