Trying to change history
I don't see segregation or racism when I look at the Confederate Soldier Memorial on the Square. I see the sacrifices of my great-grandfather. I see men who never owned a slave but took up arms to defend their families, their state and their property.
I see a Confederate soldier facing south, overlooking a ravaged homeland, government reconstruction rules and carpetbaggers picking it to pieces.
I see the loss of great-grandfather's small farm to these government rules and carpetbaggers. I see a wounded veteran who moved to Texas to start over, a veteran who died before his time in a strange land, leaving a wife and young family behind.
Right or wrong, men have fought and died for their country through the ages. Someday, will the World War I and World War II monuments be broken down and removed in the dead of night? Will the Vietnam memorial wall be offensive to a small group and be torn down?
What I see is a segment of our population trying to change history as they think it should be remembered.
In the Sept. 4 DRC, Andy Horowitz, Tulane University history professor, weaves white supremacism into the famous Galveston Flood of 1900, which happened in early September like Hurricane Harvey.
The biggest question should be how anyone on a 7-foot-high island survived a 12-foot storm surge. Deaths were 5,000 to 10,000 of a population of about 40,000!
Yet he says city services were back quickly, and a new, popular form of city government was set up.
Horowitz quotes a lurid newspaper article about black rampages and white militias, then says it probably wasn't true. I looked on the Internet and couldn't find anything authoritative.
This strikes me as deficient writing by a history professor. Thanks are due to the DRC for teaching us to read critically.
Supremacism is universal. Blacks, Arabs, Jews, Christians, women, Ross Melton Jr. and, surely, the DRC, each have their own. Nobody ever considers their own ideas inferior.
Ross Melton Jr.,