9 thoughts on “Disgrace in Charlottesville

  1. wgdavis December 13, 2011 / 12:04 pm

    While the vast majority of the occupy folks are law abiding civil, and non-violent protesters, there are some in every crowd who are not satisfied with that level of civil discourse. It is incumbent upon the occupy movement to police itself, and turn in the offenders. It is their civic responsibility to do so. They should also pay the bill for their demonstrations left-behind detritus.

    It’s a shame the 99% made no dent into the 1%, instead, putting dents in small businesses, churches, and taxpayers who simply cannot afford these expenses in this economic environment. While I largely agree with their objectives, I think their actions have simply been misguided and misdirected.

    The damage left behind in the various occupy locations needs to be compensated for by the movement. This vandalism is a clear-cut example of such.

    • Kevin December 13, 2011 / 1:22 pm

      We should be careful not to point the finger at the Occupy Movement just yet. It could be anyone. I remember not too long ago a Confederate monument in Montgomery was vandalized and everyone pointed the finger at the black community. It turned out to be a couple of white kids.

      • wgdavis December 14, 2011 / 12:28 pm

        ’twas not I who pointed the finger, but the miscreants who defaced the monument. The comments about the occupy movement fit regardless.

  2. Kevin December 13, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    What a disgrace indeed. I can’t begin to tell you how many hours I spent in Lee Park with my students over the course of ten years. If I was still teaching I would bring my Civil War class down to help with the cleanup or do something to bring the guilty party to justice.

  3. Terry Walbert December 13, 2011 / 12:16 pm

    Let us know if and when they catch the culprits.

  4. Roger E Watson December 13, 2011 / 2:35 pm

    And, if they do catch them – nothing will happen to them !

    • wgdavis December 13, 2011 / 9:24 pm

      That is not the case in Gettysburg. Trespassers caught in the Park after closing are ticketed with a fine. Relic hunters lose their vehicle and all the equipment with them or in the car, in addition to a hefty fine and jail time. Vandals also are fined, ordered to pay the restoration bill, and depending on the circumstances, may also get jail time. [A father who’s little boy jumps up and down on a cannon long enough to break the mount loose is not sent to jail. Those who topple monuments, or deface them are.

      I can’t speak to Richmond, and Lee Park but I would guess the situation is similar there.

  5. theravenspoke December 13, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    Vandalism is pointless. Monuments to the wrong people provide great teaching opportunities and people who think critically aren’t swayed by a plaque.

    On the other hand, if you show me a functional time machine, I’ll show you a bullet inscribed with “John Wilkes Booth”. Just hand over the keys, please. I’ll have it back before lunch.

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