This is sad and disturbing, but predictable if you understand the racial Left.
A group of anti-Confederate protesters aren’t happy enough with the declaration by the city of Memphis that it wants to dig up and move the remains of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest.
They want it done now.
A group surrounded a shovel Wednesday and ceremoniously removed a chunk of grass and soil.
“We are going to bring the back hoe, the tractors and the men with the equipment to raise Bedford Forrest from the soil of Memphis,” Isaac Richmond with the “Commission on Religion and Racism” declared to awaiting TV cameras, CBS 3 reported.
Richmond ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year.
He believes if the general who died 137 years ago can just be eliminated, that will really help things.
“If he’s gone, some of this racism and race-hate might be gone,” he said, shovel in hand. “We got a fresh shovel full, and we hope that everybody else will follow suit and dig him up.”
The grave desecrator is not doing anything that the city of Memphis would have done in due time. They want to erase the iconography of the past, to impose their bitter, envious, reality-challenged interpretation as the only applicable interpretation when thinking of things past (and, by extension, things present). This has been the reason for relativism all along: Things have no meaning in themselves that the Left does not assign and then approve or disapprove. In this case, Nathan Bedford Forrest is a racist because he fought for the Confederacy. Racism is his sole, irredeemable legacy. There’s no other way of thinking about him that justifies his memory.
Even if Bedford was a vicious racist, does he not deserve peace in death? Does his gravesite open a gate to the past through which slavery and Jim Crow enter to destroy racial progress, such as it is in 2015? The idea is ridiculous. Nevertheless, that’s their rationalization for the recent spate of iconoclasm.
It doesn’t have to be coherent to have force, it just has to have muscle behind it. This is the will to power on a collective scale, a nihilist takeover of what America was and is.