There are few exercises more exacerbating than the mental gymnastics necessary to justify America’s 700 statues to the Confederate leaders of a 150-year dead insurgency against the United States whose express purpose was maintaining human slavery.
This weekend, President Trump shocked even those who are accustomed to his race-bating hate tactics when he effectively said that Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were no different than General Robert E. Lee — who fought to upend the country they helped found.
But the take of Geraldo Rivera, a Fox News propagandist best known for blaming the killing of Trayvon Martin’s on the hoodie he was wearing, is perhaps the most perplexing of all. (Tweet below.)
Rivera insinuated that the Egyptian pyramids and Roman Colosseum were symbols of oppression because they were built by slaves and that, if confederate monuments should be removed, so should they.
While one could certainly argue that ancient structures are in part symbols of oppression, Rivera is missing the forest for the trees — if forests were common sense and trees were a hateful racist agenda.
First: Confederate monuments were not built by slaves. They were in fact built decades after the Civil War to rally support for segregationist policies.
Second: Nobody is suggesting structures built by slaves should be torn down. See Michelle Obama’s incredible convention speech in which she discussed living in a White House built by slaves — nobody is suggesting the White House be removed, although someone recently called it a dump.)
Third: Millions of Americans view Confederate monuments as an homage to their ancestor’s enslavement. They were built to honor men who fought to preserve slavery by men who fought to preserve segregation and are honored by violent neo-Nazis and KKK thugs who see it, rightfully, as a testament to a white supremacist ideology that had been pushed to the fringe of American society. Pyramids are none of those things.
Fourth: Confederates were traitors to our country. One would think America First types would be moved by this point. One would be wrong.
As Geraldo’s disgusting pattern of racism continues drop jaws, we should all be able to agree that it’s time for Geraldo Rivera to give it a rest. Besides, after all the mental gymnastics, he must be exhausted.
Most egregious symbol of oppression: Egyptian pyramids built 3-5000 yrs ago by Jewish & other slaves. Must come down Along w Roman Coliseum
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) August 17, 2017
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