J.D.R. Hawkins

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How is This Any Different?

Last weekend, I flew out to California to visit my youngest son. While I was there, he told me about a trip he and his best friend took a few weeks ago to Sequoia National Park. I had never been there, so I was fascinated by the photos and beautiful scenery. That is, until he showed me photos of the Sherman Tree and the Grant Tree.


The Sherman Tree, named after Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, is the largest living single stem tree in the entire world. This massive tree is estimated to be about 2000 years old. The tree is 275 feet tall. The Sherman Tree is a giant sequoia located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park. Likewise, the Grant Tree is the largest giant sequoia in the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park in California, and it is the second largest tree, by trunk volume, in the world.


I think these two trees are spectacular and amazing, but one thing bothers me about them: their names. How is it that the NAACP has a problem with all the Confederate statues, street names, school names, etc., but not with the Sherman Tree? Afterall, General Sherman was probably the biggest bigot the Union Army had to offer. He didn’t hesitate in drowning hoards of freed slaves who were following the Union Army in search of refuge and freedom. And he certainly didn’t have a soft spot for any Native Americans. In fact, he waved off the offer to run for public office, which is what his contemporary, General Grant did. Instead, Sherman went out West to annihilate the Indians. I don’t know of any Confederate officers who were so blatantly racist, and yet, there are plenty of street names, school names, and even a giant sequoia named after Sherman. By the way, Grant was no friend to the Native Americans, either.

This double standard is appalling to me, but perhaps I should be patient. Maybe after the NAACP and other groups like Black Lives Matter do away with Confederate heritage, they will attack other historical figures, like Sherman, Grant, Jefferson, Washington, and Jackson, to name a few. And let’s not leave out Lincoln. He was the one who wanted to ship the freed slaves off to their own little island, or back to Africa, and said the two races (whites and blacks) could never co-exist.

Maybe he was right. Maybe the NAACP and BLM would back off if it were their ancestors being attacked. How can they be offended by white heroes of times past? How is it that it’s okay for those of us who are against the demolition of history to be offended? Let me know what you think about this subject. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. In my opinion, all this political correctness nonsense needs to end NOW. Moving statues around isn’t going to solve the problem.

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2 thoughts on “How is This Any Different?

  1. James Woods on said:

    Perhaps no citizen who does not have at least one generation interred in a local cemetery should be permitted to cast a ballot to remove a statue. But who am I kidding? These foolish actions are not perpetrated by lawful ballot. They are accomplished by strong-arm thugs who impress their will by “political (in)correctness.” They do as did the Nazis in the late 30’s, and as did the Soviets in 1917. Eventually they will erect statues of themselves. I pray the pigeons cast the first ballots in their appropriate desecration.

    • LOL! I completely agree. Thanks for your comment, James. I received a letter from one of the last remaining real daughters of a Confederate soldier. She is in her 90’s and is completely disgusted with what is happening. How disrespectful to her, her father, and every other soldier who fought for the South, as well as their sons and daughters. I think a lot of these actions against the Confederacy are a result of blackmail. I know of several examples where an institution was threatened by pulling their funding, so they folded and removed the Confederate battle flag. Strange days indeed.

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