- Apr 4, 2017
"Multiculturalism" strikes again.
It doesn't matter if the composer owned or did not own slaves or lived on a plantation though. You can clearly see what I'm seeing when we both look at the statue together.But that couldn't be, could it, because Foster never owned slaves or lived on a plantation. It is a scene from one of his songs, he wrote about the Southern people. You ought to check it out.
If that is truly what motivated the creation of the images of these two, then I agree, that feels a little crazy.If you go back to 1996-1997 you will see that there was a big hoopla regarding the FDR and Eleanor statues. FDR hated being seen in his wheelchair but the disability advocates wanted him depicted in one. The cigarette holder he was always seen with clenched in his smile supposedly helped the depression era people see their leader smiling and cool as cucumber through hard times but the anti smoking sentiment killed that. What about Eleanor? She was always seen wearing her signature fur boa that they left off to please the anti-fur activists.
But I'll bet if the FDR and Eleanor statues would've gone up as planned the same groups would've fought to have them removed too! Parents would blame the FDR statue for teaching their kids to smoke and wear fur.If that is truly what motivated the creation of the images of these two, then I agree, that feels a little crazy.
In the Foster case, the image isn't being manipulated fortunately. It is just being moved.
At the same time! *snicker*Parents would blame the FDR statue for teaching their kids to smoke and wear fur.
His audience was of the period.The statue seem to be offensive, but I am not sure it was the original intent of the artist.
Old Folks at Home?
If enough people are offended, then the monument gets removed. It's what we call rule by the people and local control. Some people thought it was a good thing and based our system of government on things like rule by the people.I would say, "Be reasonable," but it is clear reason is not involved. I doubt anyone could name any significant historical person who would not offend someone. If offending someone is the standard, then we will have no monuments to individuals.
Removing offensive statues isn't adjusting the past."Once you head down the path of adjusting the past to fit modern sensibilities, you are engaged in Soviet-style history. In the old days, figures like Trotsky and Beria would simply disappear from historical photographs when their presence became politically uncomfortable."
IMHO clothes change, manners change, words change, politics change, diapers get changed, so what is unchangeable about statues.@Drew ,
You might want to goggle the song by Steven Foster "That's what's the matter"
It mentions "lead and steel" as a useful method of suppressing the Confederacy.
Foster was pro Union but his songs,were racist. I doubt black people in the mid 19th century really enjoyed being called "darkeys". There descendents have no reason to think Foster was not perpetrating racist stereotypes.
No reason statutes of Foster can't be displayed on private land or cities that the majority of it's people want it to be displayed.
Totally disagree, I think you should look into Stephen Foster, My Old Kentucky Home, Old Folks at Home, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Camptown Races, Oh Susanna!, Open Thy Lattce Love, Angelina Baker,The Glendy Burk, Hard Times come Again No More, Beautiful Dreamer, Bardstown Kentucky, etc.What was acceptable at one time is no longer.
It is your inalienable right to disagree.Totally disagree, I think you should look into Stephen Foster, My Old Kentucky Home, Old Folks at Home, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair, Camptown Races, Oh Susanna!, Open Thy Lattce Love, Angelina Baker,The Glendy Burk, Hard Times come Again No More, Beautiful Dreamer, Bardstown Kentucky, etc.
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