This showed up in my email today and I'm kind of miffed.
If you're too lazy to click on the link, Selma City (a grounds for Martin Luther King's speeches and marches back in the Civil Rights Movement) is building a monument to the leader of the infamous Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest. And everyone's pissed.
I concede a little here; they sort of have a right to be pissed. Selma was a big target of the KKK back when they were still highly active and violent.
But I'm sick and tired of people going oh no Nazis horrible, should die and KKK super racist should burn in hell because you're missing the point entirely.
Both groups are known for, what exactly? Violent intolerance. But the statue they're building is just that, a statue. They're not burning houses down anymore. They're simply another group with another set of (albeit slightly twisted) beliefs.
In fact, I'm seeing a lot more intolerance from those against the statue than from the KKK themselves. Disallowing the erection of the statue implies intolerance against free speech, if anything.
Now I'm not saying you shouldn't be pissed. You should be. I would be pretty mad if my city decided to drop a statue of, say, Romney, in my backyard. But stop calling it a "heinous crime" or what-have-you. You should be mad because you don't want your city being represented a certain way. You should be mad because of funding, or because the statue is in a bad spot. But stop calling it a crime against humanity when groups you don't believe in make monuments to themselves. The enemy is not intolerant groups, but intolerance itself.
- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.