‘Bands of Criminals’ Destroying Historic US Monuments
“Bands of criminals” pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier in Durham, NC Monday, and they should not be celebrated, they should be located, arrested, charged and tried for the crime. Laura Ingraham said Tuesday.
“When you see bands of criminals, which is what they were yesterday, ripping down public property and being celebrated in the American media for doing so, we have a real problem on our hands,” Laura Ingraham said on TV. “This is not about racial healing or racial unity when you see property being destroyed. That’s not what it’s about.”
Such acts are about refusing to acknowledge that we had “really difficult, horrible moments in our country’s history that we were able to overcome.”
At the same time, it’s important to give respect to “all of our war dead,” even if Americans do not respect everything they stood for.
“Respect the fact that when the time came, they stood up and fought for their views in this country,” Ms. Ingraham said.
Ms. Ingraham said she is also concerned that people who have no knowledge about the history of the United States are “just roundly denouncing anyone who had any connection to the South,” and that means the country is in “very precarious times.”
“There in Durham, they had the big banners on the streets. How long before they show up at Monticello, where I spent three years for law school? How long before they show up at Mount Vernon? What else would be subjected to their eradication and enunciation?”
The protests, she said, are not about racial healing, but instead are “about the control of the narrative, and a destruction of historical recognition … what about books?
Are they going to start burning books, too?”
There are different ways to recognize history, said Ms. Ingraham, but people who want to bring down monuments are trying to control the historical narrative of our Republic.
“We see it with the Taliban pulling down Christian historical sites,” she said.
“We’ve seen this in the old Soviet Union. We’ve seen this with Stalinists, but in America, we have ways of discussing issues and bringing back more viewpoints that really does lead to greater understanding and recognition. But you didn’t see that in Durham last night. You saw criminality.”
Local politicians should determine the fate of such statutes, but they also risk erasing their towns’ history.
“If that is what we’re going to be as a country, we have a lot of statues to tear down,” she said. “We have a lot of monuments to raise, and I guess the Communist Party of the United States will be happy.”
Investigators are working to identify and charge protesters who toppled a nearly century-old Confederate statue in front of a North Carolina government building, the sheriff said Tuesday.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews issued a statement that investigators are using video footage to identify those responsible for toppling the statue during a rally Monday night.
Law enforcement officers took video throughout the protest but didn’t intervene as protesters brought out a ladder, climbed up to attach a rope and then pulled the bronze Confederate soldier from its pedestal.
After it fell, some began kicking the statue, while others took photos standing or sitting on it.
The protest was in response to violence and a death at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
Note: Laura Ingraham is a conservative radio talk show host.