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Pete Longstreet

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I came across this article out of Gainesville, GA (dated 7/10/20). The author indicates that based on Longstreet's political views, his statue and legacy may remain intact. While other Confederate monuments/statues are being torn down and vandalized.

“Longstreet, in the late 19th century, was by far the most politically incorrect Confederate general in Dixie,” Young said. “But now, he’s the most politically correct. How ironic.”

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Hope so, but don’t count on it. If Lincoln, Grant, Washington and Jefferson don’t make the cut figure Longstreet might just be out of luck

The statue is most likely safe for now because of where it is, but rising the visibility of such statues is a mistake as it increases the chance some teens with little to do go for a drive and show up to the statue with sledgehammers.

The best protection for historical statues currently is for them to be low profile and for them to be in very rural areas that its hard to access for some blogger looking for something to complain about. There will likely be a number of spasms of statue destruction and removal before they forget about it.

Its also important to remember the statue destruction movement since its inception judged historical figures by todays standards and views not 18th or 19th century standards.
 
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The statue is most likely safe for now because of where it is, but rising the visibility of such statues is a mistake as it increases the chance some teens with little to do go for a drive and show up to the statue with sledgehammers.

The best protection for historical statues currently is for them to be low profile and for them to be in very rural areas that its hard to access for some blogger looking for something to complain about. There will likely be a number of spasms of statue destruction and removal before they forget about it.

Its also important to remember the statue destruction movement since its inception judged historical figures by todays standards and views not 18th or 19th century standards.
I think like most people vandalizing statues... they probably have no clue who Longstreet is or what he stood for. They will see "Confederate" and then it's probably the end for him too. Hopefully I'm wrong.
 

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