Dallas City Council was quick to remove a statue of Robert E Lee. Now the school district is targeting school names….Jefferson, Madison, Franklin. Ben Franklin? Who founded the first anti-slavery society in America.
Albert Sidney Johnston is another. He was an able …. Some say one the most able of Confederate generals….until he fell at Shiloh in 1862.
But Johnston also was a general in the US Army and a general in the Texian Army that brought about the Republic of Texas. In the unthinking rush to remove history, there is little discussion or even research done to the full lives of these individuals, much less the context of their pivotal interactions in a full, unvarnished history of our country. But they’re dead and unable to speak for themselves. Who will?