Dance the Tango! The Argentine Tango!
Key West Theater on Eaton Street. Part of the Key West World of Culture Dance Series. Learn or watch. Your choice.
Trump on the receiving end. The tide is turning. It does not seem he can take it as well as he can give it out.
Liberty University a major Trump supporter. Liberty’s President Jerry Falwell, Jr. at the forefront. A few graduates are unhappy with Falwell’s support of Trump following Trump’s Nazi and alt right comments. So far, one hundred. They are returning their diplomas.
I have become a fan of the Justice Building Blog. Sometimes bland, sometimes humorous. Today’s on the funny side.
Trump on frequent occasion makes statements that are historically incorrect, nonsensical, just plain stupid. Some quotes attributable to Trump listed today. None said by Trump. Could have been, however.
Like…..”Nazis are people too. Americans.” How about…..”We spend all the money on nuclear weapons and don’t use them. What good are they? Or…..”Lincoln did not believe in global warming. Neither did Patton. Neither do I.”
Confederate statues and memorials being removed. Some in the dark of night. My thoughts move back and forth.
At first, I did not agree. Like it or not, the Civil War is part of American history. The Nation united following the war. Southern peoples have the right to honor their heroes of that moment in American history.
Then I heard the voices of today’s African-Americans. Most of the statues/memorials were constructed during the 1920’s by and in support of the Klu Klux Klan or in support of southern States during the 1960’s civil rights disturbances.
Their voices loud and clear. Whether a statue, monument or flag, we are reminded of our slavery heritage. These items represent a time when our people suffered.
I understood. Or, thought I did. Tear them down became part of my thought process.
Now, I find myself swaying back and forth between both conclusions.
Which brings me to Key West and the issue.
This morning’s Key West Citizen reveals three Confederate statues/memorials. One in Bayview Park. Another, Clinton Square. The third, Mallory square itself. There is a fourth I discovered myself.
The Confederate memorial in Bayview Park was constructed in 1924 by the Stephen Mallory chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Dedicated to the soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy.
The one in Clinton Square erected in honor of Confederate veteran and Judge J.V. Harris.
Mallory Square the best of the best or outrageous based on one’s perspective.
The huge expanse known as Mallory Square is named after Stephen R. Mallory. Mallory was raised in Key West. A United States Senator representing Florida prior to the Civil War. Served as Confederate Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. Charged with treason following the war. Imprisoned for a time. Then paroled by President Andrew Johnson.
When a U.S. Senator, his first speech was for a return to flogging on U.S. Navy vessels. The nature of the man reflected?
I am unaware if he continued to live in Key West during his Senatorial years or any time thereafter. He died not in Key West, but at his home in Pensacola.
Well my fellow residents of Key West, do we tear down the Bayview Park memorial, the Clinton Square statue, and rename Mallory Square? No thought given so far. I doubt that Key Westers really care.
One more example. Asa Forseyth Tift.
Tift was the first owner of what today is the Hemingway House. He built it in 1851. Tift owned 14 slaves. They constituted the labor force used.
Tift’s bust is located in the Memorial Sculpture Garden at the edge of Mallory Square.
Should the Hemingway House be torn down? Should Tift’s bust be removed from the Memorial Sculpture Garden?
All food for thought. What is good for Charlottesville, Baltimore and other cities, should be good for Key West. Lets have a universal application. Or, cease and desist with the removal of these historical representations.
A confusing issue for those with no ax to grind. Like me.
Enjoy your day!