by taking down a statue of a Black man. Yep you read that statement right. Let me explain.
It seems in Natchitoches, Louisiana, there is a statue of one Black man, “Uncle Jack” who was never a slave and was born after the war. His image is used to honor those slaves and freemen loyal to his loyal to the Confederacy during the War For Southern Independence. This statue was dedicated in 1927.
Nick Sacco tries to make his case here in stating how submissive “Uncle Jack” must have been to stay with his owners during the war and how he could not enjoy such white privileges as voting (https://pastexplore.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/louisianas-uncle-jack-statue-and-the-problem-of-interpreting-iconography-in-history-museums/comment-page-1/#comment-2543) he tips his hat and is just a nice polite guy. Where I was born , men still tip their hats and open doors for women. What is wrong with that?
Well gee Nick I remember when 18 year olds could not vote, but could carry a gun, there was a time when white women couldn’t vote and for the most part men and women’s restrooms are still separated. So what??? In ten years all of this may change.
Nick goes on to say this– “Any casual student of nineteenth century U.S. history can easily see how this statue distorts what actually happened during the war. Thousands — Really Nick? That is the best you have? How about we throw out some facts instead of just opinions? Thousands ran away to Contraband camps– how many died? there? I have read as many as one forth of those who entered the camps never left. Roughly 180,000 negroes entered the Union Army. OK I accept that number, but how many were forced? How many got equal pay to the white soldiers? United States Colored Troops, separate not equal. Provided intelligence– yes I am sure the Confederates got intelligence from the Negroes also. oh yes and Mr. Sacco wants to bring up the Emancipation Proclamation, you know the document which ONLY freed the slaves in the rebelling areas. The loyal slave-owners could keep their slaves. In closing this paragraph, Mr. Sacco throws out one of those infinite words that really has no meaning– some. How many is some, as in —“Some enslaved people may have stayed home out of a genuine sense of loyalty to their enslavers,” Give us a number Nick you are a scholar. How many is some?
Duh did we just stumble on the purpose of the statue? To honor those who stayed beside their masters
Now this is the part that really gets me — Nick says–but these inconveniences are but a small price to pay for a more advanced, progressive society organized by the dictates of scientific racism, Jim Crow laws, and white supremacy. So we need to take down a statue to those who stayed with the white families, who cared for them while the men were in the field fighting an invaded to their homeland. Could it be not so much as what pose the statue is in or what symbolism someone thinks is forwarded from the statue, but the simple facts these loyal slaves supported the Confederacy? is that really the burr in your saddle Nick?