By Carroll Brown
“The supreme art of war is to subdue your enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu
The removal of Confederate statues has become the “beef” of the moment. Some believe the removal of the statues are the residual effects of political correctness on steroids. Others merely question the necessity of Confederate souvenirs in a contemporary America. Yet others fear they will become local epicenters for white supremacism.
I believe this is a very necessary struggle…but I also believe we need to fight smarter (not harder).
In most cases, the government of the local cities or townships are not posing much opposition to the removal of Confederate monuments. The mayors are mandated to uphold state laws prohibiting the relocation of these statues.
In May, Alabama passed a state law that bars “relocation, removal, alteration, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street or monument located on public property which has been in place for 40 or more years.”
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi have similar pieces of legislation meant to negate the authority of local government to have these Civil War relics removed. This is the exact scenario that played itself out in Charlottesville and we know of the unrest and carnage that resulted (RIP Heather Heyer).
It is this writer’s belief that in this new Civil War guerilla tactics will inevitably turn the tide of conflict. Protests must now focus on state and federal legislature (the source of the laws maintaining the status quo that we’re rebelling against). Online petition drives, social media campaigns, in addition to traditional marches and assemblies will weigh heavy on a nation’s conscience and how it’s perceived globally.
The RESOLUTION will not be televised…
Carrol Brown is a contributing writer for Hill1news. Article reprinted with permission. All rights are reserved.
Originally published August 29, 2017