Anybody wanna join me in calling for the closing of Thomas Jefferson’s Library and tearing down of Monticello?
Well then, how about we start by following Kansas City Star freelance columnist Steve Kraske’s suggestion to rip the name of “visionary” Country Club Plaza developer Jesse Clyde Nichols off the J.C. Nichols Fountain that bears his name.
After all, everyone knows Jefferson owned slaves (and mated with them for crying out loud) and that African Americans were discriminated against across the board in Kansas City and just about everywhere else in this country until the mid to late 1960s.
But does that mean every other notable achievement anyone ever accomplished in their lives should be denigrated and erased from the history books in the interest of the current media wave of over-the-top political correctness?
Why waste millions of dollars sprucing up the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas given that the 34th President reportedly cheated on his wife and issued an “anti-gay executive order” some 60 years back?
Or how about we kick out the southern states that seceded from the Union leading to the American Civil War?
Or at the very least, remove those state’s stars from our flag in a symbolic recognition of their wrongheadedness?
Seriously though, is this the best the Star’s Stevie Wonder can come up with in the way of column ideas? It’s a classic case of Jason Whitlock-style race baiting.
Using the mayor of New Orleans call for the removal of Confederate monuments as an excuse to discredit one of the Cowtown’s most visionary developers?
For the record, there’s a difference between the two, Steve-O.
Unlike Nichols, the Confederacy did nothing for the advancement of pretty much anything halfway positive in American society. Nichols’ accomplishments on the other hand were significant.
Slow news day?
Oh and one more thing…
Outside of the few folks who dwell in Wikipedia-land, the fact that Nichols used the same restrictive covenants popular throughout the nations is a little known detail. Especially compared to the reason the Civil War was fought.
The bottom line being, there’s just no comparison. Unless of course you want to start removing street and building names and the like and sanitizing the history books once and for all.