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Saturday Smackdown: Robert E. Lee Statue Melted in Secrecy
A smackdown on this week's news stories
So, it's come to this.
In a secretive and frankly disturbing move, the Robert E. Lee statue that once stood proudly in Charlottesville — a statue that represents, yes, a complex chapter of our nation's history — has been melted down by the city's black history museum.
Erased. Dissolved. Just like the growing assault on our history and values.
The Washington Post, in its characteristic tone, reveals that this statue of General Lee, a pivotal figure in American history — whether you liked him or not — was taken apart, cut into fragments, and destroyed in a hidden Southern foundry.
Why the secrecy? Apparently, they feared backlash. Well, they're right about that.
While some will argue that Lee's statue is a symbol of racial oppression, others see it as a vital piece of our nation's fabric. It's a testament to our ability to remember, reflect, and learn.
Instead of maturely addressing this division, the powers that be have chosen to capitulate to mob rule.
The audacity peaks when Andrea Douglas, the museum's executive director, quips, “Well, they can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
No, they can't. And that's precisely the point. Once you start erasing history, where does it end?
The bronze remnants of the Lee statue are now reportedly destined to become some 'art' for display in Charlottesville. The owner of the foundry, operating in shadows and hiding his identity, called it an 'honor' to melt down the statue, speaking about "dismantling hate."
But let's be clear: this isn't just about a statue. This is about a systematic attempt to remove any symbol, any figure, any piece of history that doesn't fit the left’s narrow narrative.
Supporters of these acts claim it's all in the name of progress. But many Americans see it differently. They see the removal of Confederate statues not as progress but as an erasure. An attempt to rewrite the past rather than learn from it.
It's worth noting that these actions come after a series of divisive events surrounding the statue, including the tragic incident where a deranged man took an innocent life during the “Unite the Right” rally. But should the actions of one madman dictate how we as a nation address our collective history?
In Richmond, amid fanfare from BLM protestors, another General Lee statue was removed in 2021. This decision, notably, was taken a mere year after the tragic event of George Floyd's death.
And while some celebrate the erection of new monuments, the question remains: Why must we tear down to build up?
Former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam claimed this was all part of a "healing process."
But for many, these actions feel less like healing and more like rubbing salt in a wound.
As we stand at this crossroads, Americans must ask themselves: What kind of nation will we be if we continue down this path of erasing our past?
Martin Mawyer is president of the Christian Action Network, which he founded in 1990. Located in Lynchburg, VA, CAN was formed as a non-profit educational organization to protect America’s religious and moral heritage. He is the author of several books, including You Are Chosen: Prepare to Triumph in a Fallen World.