Dinesh D’Souza, an Indian American political commentator, author, and filmmaker who released the highest grossing documentary of 2016, “Hillary’s America,” told WND there’s no reason for Charlottesville and other Southern cities to remove statues like Robert E. Lee as long as “racist Democrats” continue to be honored throughout the country.
“Let’s start with the fact this whole thing was kicked off because of an attempt to take down a monument to Robert E. Lee,” D’Souza said. “Here’s the irony: Robert E. Lee was the most decorated soldier in the U.S. Army. He was a man of unimpeachable integrity. Lincoln offered him command of the Union Army, but Lee refused only because his loyalty was to Virginia. Lee opposed both secession and slavery.
“And yet to the historically illiterate Left, a man who opposed both slavery and secession has come to symbolize both slavery and secession.”
D’Souza says the Left is attempting to blame slavery on the American South, but that this is a lie.
“Number one, most Southerners did not own slaves, nor did most Confederate soldiers,” D’Souza said. “Number two, the Northern Democrats in the preceding 40 years before the Civil War aggressively protected slavery. And they worked in cahoots with Southern Democrats.”
D’Souza explained that the fight over slavery wasn’t between North and South, but between a pro-slavery Democratic Party, and anti-slavery Republicans.
He also drew attention to West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, an important figure in the modern Democratic Party that no one is pulling down.
“Seemingly half of West Virginia is named after Robert Byrd! And yet this was a man who was not only associated with racism, but was a leader in his state’s chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Monuments are a testament to the way we remember our history, according to D’Souza. “But our history is being spun to serve a big lie,” he said. “The big lie is the bad guy is the South, or America, or the white man is responsible for slavery, racism and/or fascism. But the most culpable bad guy is never named by the progressives. And that bad guy that is never named is the Democratic Party.”
Protesters pull down a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier
Photo: Gage Skidmore