After the city of New Orleans made the controversial decision to remove public monuments honoring General Lee and other Confederate soldiers in June, a handful of liberal lawmakers penned a letter to the U.S. Army, asking it to do the same. Representative Yvette Clarke, a race-baiting Democrat, is among those who want the military to change its “racist” street names. However, over the weekend, the Army responded to her with a brilliant counter-offer.
Yvette Clarke joined fellow New York Democrats Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries, and Jerrold Nadler in a letter to the Army protesting the street names General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive, which are part of Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton military base. Fort Hamilton is home to the New York Army National Guard and Reserves and is the city’s only active military base.
The streets were named after Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson, who both served at Fort Hamilton in the 1840s, long before becoming leaders of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. [Source: BizPac Review]
Over the weekend, Clarke received some very upsetting news. The U.S. Army had responded to her letter with one of their own, and it contained a brilliant counter-offer for the congresswoman. The Army had a better idea; they decided to keep the “offensive” street names in place as they are an important piece of U.S. history. In a letter to Clarke, the military flatly rejected her request to rename the streets on Fort Hamilton.
Fort Hamilton New York
US Army refuses to remove street names of Confederate Generals despite demands from ❄ NY reps in congress.👍 pic.twitter.com/Mra4VhrsMQ
— TomSelby (@TruthJavelin) August 8, 2017
As an active military base, Fort Hamilton is Army property and, therefore, outside the reach of city and state laws, so they do not have to bend to the will of politically correct politicians.
Two Brooklyn streets honoring Confederate generals from the Civil War won’t see their names changed any time soon. [Source: NY1]
“After over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive,” wrote Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Diane Randon. “This is contrary to the Nation’s original intent in naming these streets, which was the spirit of reconciliation.”
— Jason Silverstein (@jaysunsilver) August 7, 2017
Indeed, the Civil War was long and bloody, with many families sacrificing multiple loved ones. If there was one thing the nation needed after being ripped apart, it was reconciliation; a coming together of people who had deep-seated differences of opinion but who, ultimately, were bonded by the fact that they were all Americans.
For this reason, when President Abraham Lincoln addressed the nation after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, he asked the band to play a favorite southern tune — “Dixie.” In his infinite wisdom, President Lincoln knew that reconciliation was paramount, so he made this small but meaningful gesture to the South.
Likewise, some streets were later named after Confederate military heroes, even in the northern territory. The left does not seem to care much about this history or the historical value in longstanding American monuments, though. And, you know what they say about those who do not study history.
Despite the Army’s decision, Representative Clarke has vowed to keep fighting Fort Hamilton’s street names because, apparently, this is the most pressing cause she can find to take up.
— Yvette D. Clarke (@RepYvetteClarke) August 7, 2017
“These monuments are deeply offensive to the hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn residents and members of the armed forces stationed at Fort Hamilton whose ancestors Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson fought to hold in slavery,” said Clarke. “For too many years, the United States has refused to reckon with that history.”
The Army has not made any effort to scrub any other Confederate names from its locations. Ten military bases, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Hood in Texas, are named after Confederate officers. All 10 bases are in former Confederate states.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Rev. Al Sharpton have previously called for the street names to vanish from Fort Hamilton. Adams suggested in 2015 that a “panel of historians and local leaders” should come up with more appropriate names for the two roads. [Source: NY Daily News]
The thing about the U.S. military is that it doesn’t have time for political correctness. While Democrats are squabbling over street names, the Army is readying itself for war. Perhaps Clarke ought to spend her time lobbying for causes important to the people who elected her to represent them. Ironically, Fort Hamilton is not even located in her district. It is in Republican Representative Dan Donovan’s district, and he does not appear to have an issue with the street names there. Go figure.