[Marxism] The Making and the Breaking of the Legend of Robert E. Lee

Nick Fredman nick.j.fredman at gmail.com
Sun Sep 17 21:40:14 MDT 2017


On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 1:10 PM, Gary MacLennan via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Mark wrote:
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> 'Meanwhile, they were putting up statues to the idols of the master class
> that tried to destroy a nation when they couldn't rule it anywhere.
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> It puts a whole new light on what "Reconstruction" meant and never meant.'
>
> Well said, Mark. Here in Oz, there is a campaign against the statues and
> monuments of some of the worst of the colonists.  There is a special focus
> on the statue of Captain Cook and the claim that he "discovered"
> Australia.  That is as claim which is deeply offensive to the First Nations
> people who have been here for around 60k years.
>


Very much related to campaigns against monuments to Cook and others is what
is probably the highest profile current battle against reactionary
tradition, the battle to de-recognise as "Australia Day" the date of Cook's
landing, January 26. Four local councils have now done something about
this, including not coincidentally the three where socialists have a seat <
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/moreland-council-drop-references-january-26-australia-day>.
The other council happens to be where I live. They've also pleasingly
agreed to rename a park named after the utter bastard John Batman, involved
in mass dispossession in Victoria and genocide in Tasmania:
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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/batman-park-in-northcote-to-be-renamed-gumbri-park/news-story/5c8c6617e18cb26b97238246b8ed44ec
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