Interesting how some humans just rejoice in smashing things. Another Triangle Confederate monument vandalized | abc11.com.
The howling that went on – for a few minutes anyway – when ISIS was destroying monuments seems to be missing when Confederate monuments are vandalized.
The underlying motivation is exactly the same. “These are monuments we don’t like.” Or perhaps.. “This is history that we don’t like.” And the real meaning… “This is something that we don’t want you to think about.”
It also reminds me a little of the justification for book-burning you see in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This is something that we wish to deny. This is something that you cannot know about.
Here is what Bradbury had to say in an interview…
There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine/Four Square Gospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. […] Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from this book, then that, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the libraries closed forever. […] Only six weeks ago, I discovered that, over the years, some cubby-hole editors at Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating the young, had, bit by bit, censored some seventy-five separate sections from the novel. Students, reading the novel, which, after all, deals with censorship and book-burning in the future, wrote to tell me of this exquisite irony. Judy-Lynn del Rey, one of the new Ballantine editors, is having the entire book reset and republished this summer with all the damns and hells back in place.