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Washington National Cathedral is removing Stained glass windows honoring Confederate generals

 
 
Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 10:08 am
After two years of debate, Washington National Cathedral has decided to remove stained glass windows honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

The windows were installed in 1953 at the start of the Civil Rights movement in the US. That was the year that the Baton Rouge bus boycott was effected.

The WNC had already removed a depiction of the Confederate flag from the main Jackson panel.

From the WNC website

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After considerable prayer and deliberation, the Cathedral Chapter voted Tuesday to immediately remove the windows. The Chapter believes that these windows are not only inconsistent with our current mission to serve as a house of prayer for all people, but also a barrier to our important work on racial justice and racial reconciliation. Their association with racial oppression, human subjugation and white supremacy does not belong in the sacred fabric of this Cathedral.

https://cathedral.org/press-room/announcement-future-lee-jackson-windows/


The Lee panels
http://media.al.com/living_impact/photo/LeeWindow.jpg

The Stonewall Jackson panels
http://media.al.com/living_impact/photo/JacksonWindow.jpg

 
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 10:48 am
Sanitizing history?

Might as well remove all references to the Crusades, too.

What's next? Censorship of all art?

edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 11:38 am
Time to quit honoring racists with monuments.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 12:51 pm
These panels weren't emplaced for the sake of history. They were emplaced to honor these individuals, as WNC explains.

We can discuss history without honoring or commemorating these figures.

If anything these panels can be used to teach the history of the whitewashing of Southern history in the US along the myth of the Lost Cause, and the backlash against the burgeoning civil rights movement that these commemorations instantiate.
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centrox
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 01:15 pm
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:
Sanitizing history?

Sometimes toxic history needs sanitizing.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 01:20 pm
@InfraBlue,
A church rewriting history to suit its own best interests? ... say it ain't so.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 8 Sep, 2017 01:25 pm
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:
The windows were installed in 1953 at the start of the Civil Rights movement in the US. That was the year that the Baton Rouge bus boycott was effected.


1953

that really says something

I do hope they find a place for the stained glass in a museum somewhere - along with the context of American politics and society in 1953.
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Foofie
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 02:15 pm
Wasn't 1953 the year that the Supreme Court voted that desegregation was to come to fruition at a later date? If so, could the stained glass windows be an attempt to show the nation that desegregation had a tumultuous history?

What is interesting to me is that when people deny the Holocaust they are referred to as Revisionist Historians. However, this effort is called Whitewashing History. Both efforts try to hide the real history. Something is wrong with this dichotomy? I have to wonder why Jews do not want to hide the reality of the Holocause and who and why want to deny the history of the Civil War?
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