Washington and Lee wor­thy of honor

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - ED MULVANEY JR. An­nis­ton, Alabama

The re­cent de­ci­sion of Christ Church in Alexan­dria, Va., to re­move plaques hon­or­ing President Ge­orge Washington and Gen. Robert E. Lee (“Christ Church and the slavers’ blood money,” Web, Oct. 29) il­lus­trates well the cur­rent trend in Amer­ica of ig­no­rance cater­ing to politi­cal cor­rect­ness with no re­gard for truth. And what is the truth?

Washington and Lee are two of our na­tion’s great­est pa­tri­ots. Few Amer­i­cans have ever sac­ri­ficed more for honor and pa­tri­o­tism than th­ese men. How­ever, to the racially mo­tived an­tag­o­nists pre­vail­ing in our cul­ture today, even our most hon­or­able heroes have be­come tar­gets.

The im­pli­ca­tion here is that, since th­ese men owned slaves, th­ese men were racist and are un­de­serv­ing of a place of honor in our his­tory. This is as fun­da­men­tally ab­surd as say­ing we must re­move all mon­u­ments to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or President John F. Kennedy be­cause they car­ried on ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fairs.

Nei­ther Washington nor Lee stood in de­fense of slav­ery. Washington said, “I can only say that there is not a man liv­ing who wishes more sin­cerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abo­li­tion of” slav­ery. Lee, who only took com­mand of the Con­fed­er­ate Army be­cause he could not fight against his home state of Vir­ginia, re­port­edly said, “In this en­light­ened age, there are few I be­lieve, but what will ac­knowl­edge, that slav­ery as an in­sti­tu­tion, is a moral & politi­cal evil in any Coun­try.” Th­ese are hardly the words of racists.

It is time to stop the di­vi­sive­ness cre­ated by a few in this na­tion. We are stronger when united. Heroes like President Washington and Gen. Lee should be hon­ored, not scru­ti­nized un­der 21st-cen­tury politi­cal cor­rect­ness.

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