The death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department aggravated some serious wounds in the history of America, and we are now looking back throughout our story to find chapters in need of resolution.
Of course, one of the most egregious instances of systemic racism in this American tale is slavery, which stuck around for hundreds of years in this nation where “all” are allegedly created equal. And, if the Confederate States of America had gotten off the ground, slavery may have existed for even longer.
Instead, the seceding south was pummeled back into the Union via the scorched earth tactics of the maniacal General William Tecumseh Sherman, who very literally burned his path from Atlanta to Savannah to effectively end the Civil War.
Now, with racism at the forefront of our everyday pondering, many Americas are calling to remove monuments and tributes to the men and women who served under the Confederate flag, and there are no shortage of individuals at any and all levels of our government espousing their opinion on the subject.
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley did not hold back in an appearance before the House Armed Service Committee, stating that “those officers turned their back on their oath,” referring to the names on the bases. “It was an act of treason, at the time, against the Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the US Constitution.”
Milley added that “the way we should do it matters as much as that we should do it,” and he said he recommended establishing “a commission of folks to take a hard look at the bases, the statues, the names and all of this stuff, to see if we can have a rational, mature discussion” on this issue.
This would put Milley at odds with President Donald Trump, however, who has already indicated that he has no stomach for the idea of renaming military bases, and who has lashed out at NASCAR after the sports league banned the displaying of the Confederate battle flag on their properties.
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