A spokeswoman for the Daughters of the Confederacy explained the group’s decision to remove the monument this way:On both sides? ON BOTH SIDES?
“I was afraid to leave it overnight,” said the spokeswoman, who asked that her name not be used for fear of reprisal. “We have had the cemetery remove it until we decide what to do.”
Those calling for the monument’s removal are “erasing history,” she said.
“I do not believe in slavery — no sane human would believe in that today,” she said. “But back then, they did.”
She condemned the violence in Virginia and expressed sorrow for those killed and injured.
“We weep for the people who are involved in all of the things that are going on in our country — on both sides. We find hatred among white supremacists, we find hatred among Black Lives Matter,” she said. “We should all come together and become one under the United States of America.”
Why didn't the LA Times reporters press this unnamed spokeswoman for the Daughters of the Confederacy to clarify what kind of hatred from the BLM movement she is referring to?
One side wants to celebrate the treasonous people who went to war for the right to enslave other people. All BLM wants is for the police to stop killing them.
There is no both sides about this. There is no moral equivalence.
There was a concerted social media effort to portray the BLM movement falsely. A great deal of money was spent to smear BLM so that they would lose public support.. Zeynep Tufekci ably explained how this was done in Twitter and Tear Gas. Read it!
[Addendum: ZT has posted a free pdf version of Twitter and Teargas but I hope you support her and buy a copy.]
Learn more about the Russian propaganda tool, 'whataboutism,' that is widely used by authoritarians, climate deniers and the right around the world.