This week, Jon Stewart displayed a powerful, off the cuff reaction to the Charleston Massacre that killed 9 people, one of whom was a popular State Senator who was Pastor of the Emmanuel AME Church.The attacks more than appear to be racially motivated, due to church’s history and importance to the Black community of Charleston. Stewart denounced the massacre as a sad event, and noted that even sadder still is the fact that we as a country will not do jack shit about it. One of Stewart’s reasons for America’s complacency on all racist matters has to do with elements in our society that want to perpetuate racism.
“And we’re going to keep pretending — “I don’t get it, what happened, this one guy lost his mind”. We are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognize it. I can not believe how hard some people are working to discount it. In South Carolina, the roads that black people drive on are named for Confederate Generals who fought to keep black people from driving freely on that road. That’s insanity. That’s racial wallpaper. You can’t allow that.” – John Stewart
Well, here in Georgia we have many of those such monuments dedicated to our Confederate heroes. Blasted on the side of Stone Mountain, in Stone Mountain Park, is a relief of President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, General Stonewall Jackson, and their horses. The monument was funded by the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy and offers an “interesting” historical take of the Civil War on the placards throughout the park. Whenever I am there it never ceases to amaze me – the willful ignorance of patrons Black, White or Other, looking to forget what this monument stands for. The Civil War was fought for the right to exploit another human being in the service of capitalism. White supremacy was the glue that held it together. Those who public school has failed (teaching them that the South seceded due to state’s rights) should read Georgia’s secession document here . The monuments are a side effect of a deep rooted disease that has infected America since her infancy. Money has bought those in power a religion that preaches its prosperity, a government to support their policies, a media that muddies the truth, and a racism to keep an established order. As long as we continue to be divided against ourselves, we as a nation will continue to hurt ourselves.