Chasing Confederate Ghosts

Posted on September 18, 2017

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Fort Hood, Texas has come under fire as neighbors differ on that Army post honoring a Confederate general.

Riakos Adams of the Killeen, Texas NAACP, has decided that the name attached to Fort Hood “doesn’t make any sense.”

General John Bell Hood led his Confederate soldiers into battle at Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Chickamauga. I took basic training at Fort Hood and do not want the name of that fort changed.

Suddenly it is not right to name schools, parks and streets after Confederate generals. It is not right to name someone Robert Lee or name a park for Stonewall Jackson. And Confederate monuments must be removed.

Several months ago, our archenemy was the R-word (Russia). Now  discover that it is racism. We went from lots and lots of Russia to lots and lots of racism. Overnight, we have discovered a plot to return our country to the Jim Crow era, and demonstrations must take place.

Chasing ghosts, not goals, has led us to another R-word, recrimination. This great divide we have created has our archnemies sitting back watching the show. They don’t have to fire a shot, rig an election or plot an overthrow.

We are doing it for them. We are digging in, all too ready to redo the Civil War.

Ain’t we something? And to think, it all started with the R-word.

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