Black Lives Matter Activists Float Criminalization of Confederate Imagery

Black Lives Matter Activists Float Criminalization of Confederate Imagery, by Edmund Kozak.

In the aftermath of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, progressive activists nationwide have demanded, and in some cases illegally carried out, the tearing down and removal of statues and monuments to Confederate leaders and soldiers on public space.

Now Black Lives Matter activists have gone even further — going so far as to call for a ban on all Confederate imagery — even in private possession.

Inspired by Germany’s post-war laws banning any and all Nazi imagery, Black Lives Matter activists on Twitter called for a similar ban on Confederate imagery or memorabilia. …

“The fact that the Confederate flag & statues permeate the south is evidence that white supremacy was never overthrown in the United States,” the @BLMChi account tweeted three minutes later. …

“Confederate memorabilia have no place in this country and especially not in the United States Capitol,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) in a statement to The Hill.

The entire Congressional Black Caucus called on Wednesday for the removal of all Confederate-related statues in the nation’s Capitol. ….

Robert E. Lee, that alleged symbol of white supremacy and racism, not only personally opposed overt displays of Confederate symbolism after the war but also believed that the entire war — the Confederate defeat and the personal loss of his Arlington property and fortune — was worth it to see slavery ended.