Did you know that there’s a statue of Vladimir Lenin at an intersection in Seattle? That’s because it’s Seattle. And because Seattle is in the United States of America, nominally, most people have no problem seeing a statue of one of history’s losers. Who cares? It’s just a statue.
But now that there’s a moral panic to get rid of anything with the word “Confederate” on it, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is at least trying to play fair. Here’s a statement he just released, courtesy of MyNorthwest.com:
“In the last few days, Seattleites have expressed concerns and frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence that exist in our city. Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities. We should remove all these symbols, no matter what political affiliation may have been assigned to them in the decades since they were erected. This includes both confederate memorials and statues idolizing the founder of the authoritarian soviet regime. Both are on private property, but I believe the confederate memorial at Lake View Cemetery and the Lenin statue in Fremont should be removed. We should never forget our history, but we also should not idolize figures who have committed violent atrocities and sought to divide us based on who we are or where we came from.”
Now we’ll see how committed Seattleites are to this principle. After all, Communism has killed a lot more people than the Confederacy ever did. If Confederate memorials need to be taken down, why not Communist memorials?
Have fun grappling with the cognitive dissonance, lefties!