Tearing down Confederate statues, renaming military bases, etc. first met me with mixed emotions. My initial thought was all are a part of U.S. history. History that should be acknowledged and remembered.
The more thought I gave to the issue, the more I leaned towards tearing them down, etc.
A primary motivation was Hitler. No matter what he did, he was a part of Germany’s history. No German today would even think about the association. Hitler was a bad guy!
So too were the Confederate officials, etc.
Another item that swung my thinking was the “Cornerstone Speech.”
The Confederate Vice-President was Alexander Stephens. He was addressing a crowd in Savannah, Georgia. He stated in his speech: “Our new government’s foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man.”
Everything comes down, everything renamed, etc, or nothing at all. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander thing.
Which brings me to Key West’s own Stephen R. Mallory (1812-1873).
Mallory was the Democratic Senator representing Florida in the U.S. Senate from 1850 to the beginning of the Civil War. He followed Florida out of the Union when the Confederate States of America was formed.
Mallory was made Secretary of the Navy under Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He resigned near the War’s end.
Mallory was caught by Union forces and imprisoned. After one year, he was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson.
Mallory returned to Key West.
Mallory Square is named after him. His bust and a tribute can be found in the Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Square.
Under present thinking, Mallory Square should be renamed. Mallory’s bust and tribute removed from the Memorial Sculpture Garden.
Key West should be consistent with what is happening through out America.
I have a feeling many will say it should not be done…..Mallory Square is famous world wide, part and parcel of Key West.
We cannot have it both ways. Everything goes, everything gets renamed.
Life has taught me a bigot generally does not know he is a bigot. He believes he is the fountain of goodness. Not aware his every action destroys another.
Yes, a bigot is not aware.
I am suggesting Trump does not know he is a bigot. He sincerely believes what he says. Especially when he tells the American people he has done more for the blacks than any previous President.
A few days ago, Trump was in Dallas for a Justice Round Table.
The discussion was part of a Dallas County program. Dallas County is the second most populous County in Texas. The eighth most populous in the U.S.
Dallas County’s three top police officials are black. They were not invited to the meeting.
A Rodney Dangerfield quote comes into play here: “I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.”
Remember when Obama was running for President the first time. Whether he was born in the United States became an issue. Trump not even a candidate at the time.
Trump pushed the issue. When the State of Hawaii sent a photocopy of Obama’s birth certificate, Trump was not satisfied. He said, “It isn’t the original.” He kept the fire going.
At the time, I thought Trump was an ass. I was wrong. He was a bigot.
Appears Sears may be leaving Key West. No official announcement as yet. It is expected this weekend.
Key West is one of the locations that will close. Sears similarly closed a large number several years ago. Key West escaped the ax then. Looks like it will not this time.
I’ve been on the phone this morning with friends who are out and about. Some had coronavirus and survived. Believe they are immune. Others sick of being in said screw it, enough is enough, and are going out.
All carefully, however.
All walked Duval last night. All said the bars were where the problems existed. Mostly young people. Inside and out. No masks, no social distancing. Hugging and kissing.
Two interesting coronavirus updates.
The first involves semen. A fluid. China has concluded a small study.
“Small particles” were found in the semen studied. Study not sufficient to say unequivocally the virus can or cannot be transferred via sex. Further study required.
WHO issued a report re a mother’s breast milk. The study was sufficient for WHO to advise it was safe to feed a baby the mother’s breast milk.
Only “fragments” were found in some cases. However none were “live viruses.”
WHO further added that any danger to the infant was far outweighed by the benefit a baby receives from a mother’s breast milk.
Enjoy your day!