Most of us have felt a strange twinge in our guts lately, a deep sour feeling, as we watch the footage of statues being ripped down by mobs of outraged students. There's something unhinged about the students, something vacant from their eyes. To them, their actions are part of a revolution. It's no secret that they've gotten these ideas from their professors. It's right there in their school books. Ideas of revolution are so engrained in the college experience, students don't realize that there are other ways to handle life's problems.
A Wall Street Journal article published yesterday describes the cultivated movement to scrub southern universities of their history.
Institutions from Virginia to Mississippi are trying to come to terms with statues, markers and building names linked to their Confederate past, without alienating alumni and donors.
The indoctrinated outrage of students still courses through the article. For instance, a 20-year-old student is quoted as describing the statues as "images of hate," that "we don't have to keep worshipping."
Refreshingly, however, the article includes the perspective of people who have their common sense intact. Like Tim Huebner, a history professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., who has studied the legacy of Confederate memorials:
I don't think you take all of these remnants of the past, take all these artifacts, and grind them into dust..
Unfortunately, it's far more than grinding. It's far more violent. And universities, afraid to upset students, their customers, are caving. They're just watching as history is ripped from the ground.