* OFFICIAL *
Regtl. Quartermaster Antietam 2021
- Feb 5, 2017
As with removal of that circus ring of Confederate battle flags a few years ago, things are slowly being returned to the proper condition of being a memorial to Lee, and not so much a "shrine." Any American should feel comfortable in paying their respects to this war hero. As it is, how many African-Americans, even students of the college, can stand being in the place for longer than 5 minutes, and that out of requirement of ceremony?
I don't think you could get Any American to be in agreement about a number of things, never mind being comfortable about a chapel/shrine/church.
After a certain point, none of us can be responsible for everyone's feelings. I kind of feel, and I could be wrong, that you are looking for some sort of conspiracy here to make someone uncomfortable with that place. Maybe I'm so oblivious to that, that I didn't give the secret password or handshake to the docents to get them to take me to the place of worship so I could worship Lee, but I didn't get the slightest twinge or feeling that anyone was trying to do more than honor the man and talk about the chapel.
Let's get the elephant into the room out into the open - the only way to make this comfortable is to obliterate any trace of almost anything in Lexington connected with Jackson, VMI, Lee, to make it comfortable for Any American (supposedly). And that would be to obliterate Lexington. And that is something, even as a Northerner, I would never, ever contanence, because once it starts, the obliteration of everything, to make it acceptable to everyone, never stops.
As an American Indian, I do NOT get my knickers into a twist about Columbus Day. Contact was going to be made, had already been made, disease inadvertently passed starting in the late 1400s on the east coast with fishing groups from Portugal, nothing was planned. Indians weren't nice to each other tribes, contrary to a lot of myth making. Where would it end if I or we were trying to make it all acceptable for US? Same with the CW - we move forward, try to fix injustices, but we don't obliterate history or people or what went on.