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It used to be that colleges and universities were in the business of studying history. Now they're doing their best to erase it.
The scandal-plagued president of the University of Louisville, James Ramsey (we're just going to start calling him James Ramsey of Bamiyan), has teamed with Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher to kick-off the Kentucky effort to remove historical monuments.
It's inaugural effort at historical cleansing involves removing a historical monument erected in 1895 by a women's group to honor the Confederate war dead. There were apparently (unlike in Memphis) no Confederate graves to dig up, so Ramsey had to settle for moving a monument in the vicinity of its Belknap campus on city property.
It's got to be hard to be a liberal Democrat knowing that your party was the pro-slavery—and later pro-segregation—party, the party of George Wallace, and the party of West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd (a former KKK "Exalted Cyclops"), and the party which brought up the rear in the support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Or that your party still conspires to create gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts that minimize minority representation and maximize representation of White liberals who need these political platforms to engage in politically correct posturing while doing little to really help those they claim to represent.
The chief question about the liberals' effort to efface history is how far we are going to let them go. Will we take down other statues, such as those portraying those who owned slaves? Goodbye George Washington. Goodbye Thomas Jefferson.
Are we going to shut down parties with a racist past? Goodbye Democrats. Newspapers with a racist past? Goodbye Courier-Journal.