The Gettysburg Police Department continues to display the white-supremacist Confederate flag on their uniform patch and Facebook page. We’ve hashed out the racist intent disguised as respect for “history” in the Gettysburg PD’s adoption of a traitor symbol.
New Orleans removed the last of four traitor-Confederate monuments from its streets last Friday. Before the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee from Lee Circle, Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke at the city’s Gallier Hall and explained why the display of Confederate symbols is an attempt to whitewash history, not celebrate it:
The historic record is clear: the Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard statues were not erected just to honor these men, but as part of the movement which became known as The Cult of the Lost Cause. This ‘cult’ had one goal — through monuments and through other means — to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity [Mayor Mitch Landrieu, speech, as transcribed by Derek Cosson, Pulse Gulf Coast, 2017.05.19].
Displaying Confederate symbols, whether statues on the street or Confederate flags on uniforms, sends a message of white supremacy:
These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.
After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city [Landrieu, 2017.05.19].
Mayor Landrieu says we should remember the Confederacy but not revere it:
The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity. It sought to tear apart our nation and subjugate our fellow Americans to slavery. This is the history we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered [Landrieu, 2017.05.19].
Gettysburg PD, listen to Mayor Landrieu. Be honest about history, respect all the Americans you serve, and remove the white-supremacist traitor flag from your uniforms.