Letter to the Editor: I am a little confused

By Scott Woodard— 

Guest Writer

The term “racist” bantered around by left-leaning groups reminds me of the scene in “The Princess Bride” when Inigo Montoya tells the Sicilian, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” 

The intellectual discussion is over once you are called a “racist.” It is especially over after it is used where it may not apply. One is hard-pressed to find a large group of whites in the United States from the 1850-1860s that would not be judged as racist by today’s standard of decorum. 

Just as the story of people today is a mixed batch, the whole of the Confederacy cannot be branded this convenient label, especially when viewed by 2017 definitions. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee emancipated his inherited slaves in 1862. Lt. Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson taught a black Sunday School class and supported their church throughout his life. You see, history is not so cut and dried. 

Men of the Confederacy, and the statues that are dedicated to their sacrifice are as xenophobic as Irish-born Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, as anti-Semitic as Attorney General, Secretary of War and Secretary of State Judah Benjamin, and as oppressive as Cherokee Chief Brig. Gen. Stand Watie, Hispanic Col. Santos Benavides and the black Confederate featured in the Confederate monument in Arlington Cemetery. 

So, can we have a statue of Gen. Fitzhugh Lee as long as he is wearing an 1898 U.S. Army uniform instead of the 1865 Confederate States Army uniform? 

So, which William T. Sherman would be the best statue for display? The 1864 major general version whose Army burned places of worship and committed crimes against civilians, or the 1870s commanding general of the Army who supervised the military subjugation and de facto national policy of genocide against Native Americans? 

Photo courtesy of Scott Woodard

Should we scribble graffiti over any representation of the First Nation Choctaw Brigade or Cherokee Braves since they wore Confederate uniforms? Or should we dismantle the statues of Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Leavenworth because they served to implement Sherman’s Indian policy of killing those not on reservations because they “are hostile and will remain so until killed off”? 

So, which slaveholding white men are the bad guys — the ones who rebelled in 1776 or the ones who rebelled in 1861? In that same tone, did the free men of color and slaves in the American Revolution have the same motivations to fight for the newly created states struggling to unite as did the free men of color and slaves in the Confederate States? 

Should we tear down a statue of an educated military man who owned slaves and rebelled against his government? Yeah, right. George Washington is such a scoundrel to our country. 

How about the slaveholders who rebelled against the central government to maintain their independence in 1836? Oh, I’m sorry, I meant 1861. Citizens of San Antonio, mark my words. They are coming for the Alamo next. 

I guess those exercising their First Amendment rights who can scream the loudest and follow through with their threat of violence at rallies are the ones who are always right. Or at least they are the only opinions are allowed in the public space. 

Cowards remove statues in the middle of the night. The only violence seen in Texas is violence from the Antifa and Black Lives Matter side. Next thing you know, ESPN is removing an Asian guy named Robert Lee from a gig because his name may offend someone. 

When does this complete idiocy stop? 

Scott C. Woodard of San Antonio served in the U.S. Army for 24 years.

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9 Responses

  1. Melvin J. Miller says:

    That is so awesome I cannot wait to share it out on many links….
    US Army (Ret). HUAH!!! If you aren’t GREEN, you just aren’t. 🙂

  2. JW says:

    “My party controls every branch of government, but I’m sad cause someone expressed an opinion different from mine on the TV, and a city I don’t live in removed a statue of my favorite traitor.”

  3. Jeffrey Ryle says:

    Our world would regain its normalacy if we had more intelligent and common sense folks like the author of this article. My suggestion to the author is apply for a professorship the country needs real professors not propagandists.

  4. Ron says:

    Absolutely one of the most factual letters of todays society I have seen. I know it tears liberals apart to read facts but like they say, truth hurts most of the time.
    It is sad that liberal powers who say they are for the people remove statues in the middle of the night even though the vast majority of it’s citizens say leave the statues alone, let history live.
    Sad, San Antonio use to be a nice friendly city. Now hate runs in it also.

  5. I hope you don’t mind me sharing an editorial I wrote on a similar topic. This is the type of intelligent discussion the world needs. Thank you Mr. Woodard.

  6. Hammersby says:

    Hard to claim this is “one of the most factual letters of todays society” when it includes at least one outright lie:
    “Next thing you know, ESPN is removing an Asian guy named Robert Lee from a gig because his name may offend someone. ”
    ESPN removed him to prevent him and the game from becoming a circus of memes and online jokes. What’s happened since is a cavalcade of unintended second-order effects, including the outright twisting of facts to suit political agendas. Which never seems to happen.

    But hey, don’t let a handful of slippery-slope rhetorical fallacies with a side dish of “whataboutism” get in the way of your thinly-veiled attempts to continue to defend your need to divide, hate, and intimidate those that don’t look like you.

  7. Woodard Scott C. says:

    Hammersby, maybe you should read the statement from ESPN spokesman, Derek Volner, for the reason to remove Lee. Don’t forget to also review your judgement of me based on the color of my skin instead of my character and content.


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