Bell County group alleges Confederate Statue represents “Justice For all …Whites” Enough statues have been removed, destroyed, or relocated.

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By Lynn Woolley

Discussions about whether to remove and relocate a memorial to confederate soldiers have turned racial.

The group arguing for moving the statue, “Bell County United For Reform,” has a Facebook page that features a photo of the statue with two words balloons insinuating that our system of justice is only for whites.

From “Bell County United for Reform” Facebook page

In copy that accompanies the graphic, the group slams another organization that aims to keep the statue where it is.

That group, the “Bell County Citizens for Preservation of Veterans’ Memorials,” takes the position that the statue in Belton honors the men who left their homes to serve their country.

So, as with Brexit, the sides seem to be LEAVE or REMAIN.

Both sides have their points, and a serious debate on the merits might be educational. But it’s sad when one side stoops to name-calling and accuses its opponents of scare tactics.

Whether it’s LEAVE or REMAIN, this disagreement should be handled in a civil manner.

So far, the forces for REMAIN have argued their case on the basis of history, heritage, and their key statement that the statue honors soldiers and not slavery.

The LEAVE side, in their Facebook post, refers to the preservation group as “reactionary” and accuses them of using a “ruse” and “scare tactics” – by “spreading misinformation that local veterans’ memorials are under attack.” The relocation group points out that it has only asked for the monument to be relocated and not destroyed.

It’s true that the LEAVE side has not advocated for the outright destruction of the monument. What they have said is that it is “unjust” and “inappropriate” for it to be on the courthouse grounds, which they call “a historically oppressive location.”

Video: “Bell County’s Untold History” Facebook post by “Bell County United for Reform”

This language is unnecessary and not helpful.

Dallas and Austin have run into serious questions of “where to stop” with the removal of historical statues and the renaming of streets, schools and buildings. The heritage of the Confederacy is ingrained into Texas and much of the South.

The LEAVE group must know that the names Belton, Bell County, Confederate Park, and Fort Hood (all Bell County, Texas related) should also be up for discussion assuming the generic war memorial statue is removed and relocated. Austin found that the very name of the city has ties to a founding father of Texas who once disparaged slaves. The namesake of Houston, Texas owned slaves.

I think Dallas went too far when it removed the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park. The University of Texas went too far with removing its statues. UT’s own Littlefield Fountain and the UT Tower itself have ties to the Confederacy. Seriously—where do we stop?

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We should stop right now.

The statue in Belton is benign and the minority community has far more serious problems.

The war zone that is south Chicago sees black-on-black killings at an alarming rate. That part of Chicago is infested with drugs, illegal guns and gangs.

The number of babies born to unwed, poor mothers is alarming in this country – and blacks bear much of the misery that brings.

While I may agree that black men are over-represented in prisons, they are also over-represented in crimes committed. Part of that stems from a justice system that favors the rich and part of it comes from the fact that too many black boys have no fathers at home. Whites are touched by this problem as well, and we ought to all get together to solve the problem.

Name calling and race baiting is not the way to go.

No statue, memorial or school name ever caused anyone of any race to take drugs, commit a gun crime, or end up in the system. Enough statues have been removed, destroyed, or relocated. It’s time to move on to serious problems in our communities, and bring up all our children to be responsible adults that contribute to society.

At that point, we can discuss confederate monuments as an academic exercise related to a historical time when all men were not equal under the law. And we can thank God and the Constitution that America had within it the means to right a wrong.

lynn@BeLogical.Com

Facebook Post: Bell County United for Reform

August 21 at 9:54 PM ·
Re: “BCCPVM’s Lie of Omission”

Naming a reactionary organization “Bell County Citizens for Preservation of Veteran’s Memorials” is disingenuous because it implies that Bell County United for Reform doesn’t wish to preserve them.

It is nothing short of a ruse utilizing manipulation and scare tactics to spread the misinformation that local veteran’s memorials are under attack. Bell County United for Reform has only ever asked for Confederate monument *RELOCATION*—one of those locations being a museum—not destruction.

Disguising BCCPVM’s true objective as “protecting veterans” is shameful and wildly misleading. This is a counter campaign omitting information to mislead people and gain support. BCUR is *NOT* advocating for destroying or even removing the Confederate monument from public sight.

BCCPVM knows that they would never receive as much support if they were upfront in admitting their group was formed *TO PRESERVE* the unjust and inappropriate *PLACEMENT* of the Confederate monument at our county’s historical justice complex. They are not fighting to preserve the monument; they are fighting to preserve it’s historically oppressive location. #BuildingABetterBellCounty

News Release: Bell County Citizens for Preservation of Veteran’s Memorials
PO Box 1983 Belton, Texas 76513 bccpvm@gmail.com

For Immediate Release

New Organization Forms To Protect Veteran Memorials

Belton, Texas, August 17, 2018 – A new organization was formed last night in Temple, whose stated goal is to protect and preserve Veteran’s memorials in Bell County. The group was formed in response to recent activities where calls have been made to remove the Confederate Veteran’s memorial from the Bell County courthouse grounds. The group, which represents all of Bell County, will work to ensure that the truth about any historical memorial in the county is presented to the public.

The organization plans to collect signatures, from Bell County residents, on a petition that will call for Bell County elected officials to reject any calls for removal of the Confederate Veteran’s memorial. Efforts will be made to collect signatures at public events, at civic organizations, and churches.

Officers elected at the organizational meeting included John Perry of Salado and James Bozeman of Temple as Co‐Chairpersons, Michael E. Belcher of Belton as Treasurer, and Judy Tyler of Killeen as Secretary. The group will meet regularly to assess its efforts and to plan events in support of its goals.

Co‐Chair John Perry said, “We want to protect any and all historical veteran’s memorials in Bell County. We want the citizens of Bell County to know what Veteran monuments are for and why they were placed. For example, the Confederate Veteran’s Memorial at the courthouse was in memory of the men who left Bell County in the 1860s to serve their country, it wasn’t for any other alleged purpose.”

Perry pointed out that an estimated 98% of all the military age men in Bell County in 1860 joined the Confederate military forces. Ladies in Belton, members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, raised the funds to erect the soldier’s memorial in 1916. It was unveiled in ceremonies in October of that year. Perry indicated that as the Confederate veterans were beginning to pass away, the ladies of Belton wanted to honor their sacrifice and valor.

Bozeman said, “We feel like we need to get the true story of the Confederate Veteran’s Memorial out there. I think the overwhelming majority of Bell County citizens do not want any of the Veteran’s memorials tampered with. If they remove the Confederate memorial what comes next, the memorials to World War II, or the Peter Hansborough Bell statue?”

People interested in signing the petition or helping with this effort are urged to contact the organization at bccpvm@gmail.com.

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