When I read what liberals say on matters- especially race matters, it always starts from the a-priori - “it is, therefore” or to modernize - ‘I’m right, you’re wrong, and bad, therefore’.
Perhaps if that deeply offended couple, and others like them explained that those statues, especially Forrest’s - are to them, what a statue of Huey Newton, or Malcolm X in a predominantly Black city like - well, a lot of them- would be to White people in those cities.
But no one does; there is just a fall back to “I’m right, you’re wrong, and bad (in this case racist)”. Did they ‘win’ a little victory removing those statues? Yes. Is it Pyrrhic in terms of changing hearts and minds? Absolutely.
White bwaanaa liberals skip ahead to castigation because “I’m right, you’re wrong, and racist”. To the person who feels a connection to history through those statues, they don’t get the reasoning beyond shouts of “f@%k you!” At best, they might get some lovely insinuation that they are too dull to understand the reasons for the statues’ removal, and that they are on the “wrong side of history”.
Meanwhile, the locals seethe at their culture and honor being spat on by some metro from the NYT, a judge who is an activist more than a jurist, and legions of professors jubilant at humiliating those “rubes” in “flyover country”.
Rather than offer ‘Whys’ that are compelling enough to change and recruit hearts, the left offers only spittle, and foul language. No one is a fan of racism, no one is a fan of unfairness, no one would fail to be moved by the true dimensions of hopelessness in deep poverty, yet they are not shown this. They are only told they are wrong, and that those who spit on them are ‘the just’.