The Elephant Statue in the Room

I’m fascinated on how collective, unconcious social bargains are reached and maintained and fall apart. This led to a thought about the Thoughtcrime Statue controversy raging in the US. A weird contradiction at the heart of Southern Whiteness is the simultaneous lionization of national traitors combined with intense national loyalty and patriotism for the US. It now occurs to me that this was part of an unconscious collective social bargain that was accepted for a long time.

The bargain was roughly: Southern Whites could have statues and cultivate the cult of the Confederacy as long as they remained unquestioningly loyal and patriotic to the US of A. Southern Blacks seemed mostly indifferent to the cult of the Confederacy, possibly seeing it as just one more weird white thing (among many) that didn’t affect them in any particular way.

Now that bargain is being unilaterally shattered and Southern Whites are being told: We don’t want or need you. I would not be surprised if this has consequences that no one foresees in the feel good orgy of sticking it to Robert E. Lee and company. I don’t know what they’ll be (that’s part of being unforeseen) or how long they’ll take to show up, but I’m thinking sooner rather than later…..

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2 Responses to The Elephant Statue in the Room

  1. goldsteinweb says:

    Yep, it’s amazing. The left thinks shaming people with no end and not even pausing for the dead and buried is okay and won’t have bad consequences.

  2. Autumn Cote says:

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? There is no fee; I’m simply trying to add more content diversyity for our community and I enjoyed reading your work. I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. If “OK” please let me know via email.

    Autumn
    AutumnCote@WriterBeat.com

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