President Trump predicted that people will start going after statues of our slave-owning Founding Fathers after Confederate monuments are taken down and he couldn’t be more right.
On Thursday, CNN political commentator Angela Rye made an impassioned plea to remove all vestiges of slave owners around the United States, saying:
“I think that we have to get to the heart of the problem here, and the heart of the problem is the way in which many of us were taught American history. American history is not all glorious… George Washington was a slave owner and we need to call slave owners out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn’t protecting my freedom.”
Rye added, “My ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him. And so, to me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue, or a Thomas Jefferson statue, or a Robert E. Lee statue, they all need to come down.”
When she was confronted with the idea that she was “feeding in to Steve Bannon’s and Donald Trump’s talking points,” Rye recoiled, saying she was “calling out white supremacy for what it is.”
Rye said white supremacy is often “blind spots,” or “not acknowledging that this country was built upon a very violent past that resulted in death and the raping and killing of my ancestors.”
“I’m not saying that they don’t deserve to be taught about,” she continued. “We definitely need to learn about it so we don’t repeat it, ‘cause we’re very close to repeating it right now.”
Well, Rye's correct about one thing, there’s a lot of bad teaching on American history out there. She proved that.
With the Chicago pastor calling for the removal of a George Washington statue and the renaming of Washington Park and now Rye, expect this to be the norm from now on.