Monuments: August 22, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

Gosh, you just never fail to disappoint.

Or, I suppose I could say, gosh. You always disappoint.

You were asked about Confederate monuments:

I’m someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments. What we ought to do is we ought to remember our history. But we also ought to celebrate the progress that we’ve made since that history. You know, when I walked, back in 2010, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis, arm in arm, and we remembered Bloody Sunday, and the extraordinary progress of the civil rights movement, I can’t help but think that rather than pulling down monuments, as some are wont to do, rather than tearing down monuments that have graced our cities all across this country for years, we ought to be building more monuments. We ought to be celebrating the men and women who’ve helped our nation move toward a more perfect union.

Other people have already written about how what you said here is total crap, and also racist. AND how dare you invoke the name of John Lewis, which to me sounds a lot like “Hey, I have a Black friend so what I’m saying can’t be racist.” (John Lewis, who supports taking down Confederate monuments, by the way. And since he actually showed up and did things during the Civil Rights Movement, I’m taking his opinion more seriously than yours.)

So all of that is true. You continue to nod your head yes to even the most egregious things your boss says, which is totally disgusting but does give me some hope that you’ll also be taken down in the eventual Fall of the Trump Empire. Maybe not, though, since people seem to continue to think that you are a Reasonable Alternative despite the fact that you have shown that you are Just As Racist.

Given all of the above has been said, though, I’d like to point out something else.

“I’m someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments.” First, I would be remiss if I did not point out to you that this should be “fewer monuments” and not “less.” (I bet my dad corrected you when he heard this, too.)

Secondly, your boss, just a few months ago, actually signed an Executive Order to review the number of federal monuments in this country and determine if we should continue to protect them. So, to go on national television and root for more monuments, when you’re actually trying to reduce the number of monuments in this country, is, frankly, gaslighting and makes me feel like this:


Like Dante, not like the picture of me in the background. Those were happier times.

And yes, I suppose you could say “Right, but I meant states and local governments should pay for those monuments!” but just a reminder that you want to cut all that funding too.


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