John S. Mosby

John S. Mosby

As America continues to reckon with its legacy of racial injustice in the aftermath of George Floyd's brutal killing by police in Minneapolis, I've lately reflected on how I was taught about this legacy in our public school system. In retrospect, it seems that at both the elementary and middle-school levels, my history lessons on events such as the Civil War and its aftermath were troublingly one-sided. For example, on several occasions, we had volunteers from the Mosby Heritage Area Association, or MHAA, come present in our classes. There they would recount, almost gleefully it seemed, the history of Mosby's Rangers in Loudoun County. The memory of these marauding terrorists should no longer be celebrated in our public schools, or anywhere else for that matter.

The MHAA should also consider renaming itself. The "heritage" of John Singleton Mosby, including his men's 1864 murder of outspoken abolitionist John D. Read, is certainly not one of which to be proud. Ultimately, Mosby and his associates were nothing more than Confederate guerrillas intent on upholding America's peculiarly barbaric system of slavery.

Josh Stevenson

Purcellville

 

(27) comments

jke

We need Mosby's instead of Stevenson.

amerigirl

You need a dead person? It's history and that part won't change just deal with it.

marv

All those who still want to castigate the South, can be glad that Lee did not have the

"Destroy" personality of Sherman or Sheridan, for if he had the War would have been over after 1st Manassas.

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amerigirl

All those who still praise the South, get over it they lost.

Voltaire

Marv--you can't say that to be a definitive. The British in the War of 1812 captured and burned Washington DC yet they lost that campaign. As to the "destroy" campaign by Sherman and Sheridian, that was an effective military tactic as it depleted material resources that the South needed, in both campaigns. It is said that Sherman's campaign, in particular, was a major reason why the South lost the war.

workhardgetahead

An 89 year old stain in our history that ended 155 years ago. Lets.move on from it. It seems to me many African Americans that live in Loudoun with their 750K homes and their 50K SUV's have.

amerigirl

Move on, that would men getting rid of everything that has to do with him, statues, roads etc. And you think because people have money they don't care about the issue?

DavisB

What - are you saying that having money means that a person will not be the target of racism

workhardgetahead

Isnt part of racism about lack of equality? Well it seems to me when it comes to equality who ever works hard, gets ahead, it doesnt matter about your race.

amerigirl

Which would be great if everyone had equality from the beginning, but they don’t. If you have a substandard education like they have in inner city schools you don’t have the opportunity to apply to college as an equal to someone who comes from an area known for its education. Colleges know what the GPA ratings are for different areas.

Voltaire

AG--OK, however, there are still those individuals who grew up in the inner city with nothing, worked hard and achieved greatness. Dr. Ben Carson would be a good example, based upon his personal biography.

amerigirl

Volt, Carson had a mom that cared about education, to many people that go to those schools just don’t care. They don’t really see a way out. His mom made sure his grades were good. He and his brother had to give not only the teachers their reports but their mom too. He also attended predominantly white schools in 5th- 8th grade which might have had an influence on him. Even counting him the percentage of people that make it out of those conditions is very slim.

workhardgetahead

You're losing the argument Antifagirl.

Work hard, no matter the condition, get ahead, no matter your race.

darth

The point is that the playing field is tilted against people in this country because of race. Of course even on a tilted field, some will still make it. That doesn't mean its an equal field.

For example, Usain Bolt could beat me in any sprint race even if he had to run up hill and I got to run on level ground. Just because he wins doesn't mean the track is level.

workhardgetahead

Darth, does that mean Usain Bolt has White Privledge?

amerigirl

workhardgetahead are you that bad at understanding analogies?

workhardgetahead

Amerigirl, everyone in this country is born equal. How you are brought up and how you apply yourself determines how successful you will be.

Voltaire

Workhardgetahead--I agree with your premise.

amerigirl

Workhard, everyone in this country is born equal?? You’re kidding right. There are those who are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, like a certain president, who really don’t need to apply themselves very much, in fact, can claim bankruptcy over and over and get bailed out. There are those who are born in such poverty that they can’t get the proper nutrition or living conditions and are at a disadvantage before they even start school.

Notalib

Amerigirl, all people in this country are created equal. Everyone in this country has the same opportunities. If you are born in Poverty you have ways to pull you out of it. One way is chatet schools which the democrats oppose. My question to you is if a person is born in poverty why is it wrong to try to lift yourself out of it by attending a charter school? Some school systems are so bad that is a child's only hope.

amerigirl

Nota, that is insanity to say everyone has the same opportunities. If they did more people could pull themselves out of poverty. Do you think that all charter schools are good? I recall DC Public Charter School Board closing 43 charter schools in last decade alone. The reasoning was poor performance, financial mismanagement and growing demands from the D.C. Charter School Board toward academic achievement. Not all charter schools are created equal either. Because charter schools operate independently from public school districts, they are overseen by a charter school board which has the authority to shut a school down if its test scores go below a 50% performance rating, but some like National Collegiate Prep got down to 32%. How is that hope?

Voltaire

AG—No, it is not “insanity” to say that everyone has the same opportunities because it is indeed true. I wouldn’t use the District of Columbia as a “standard” for anything. If I recall correctly, in 1994, the District of Columbia operated at a deficit and that deficit ballooned to $722M and Wall Street dropped the city’s bond rating to “Junk” that created the perception that lending to the District was risky. The city couldn’t pay its bills and/or manage its way out of a paper bag and had a Financial Control Board and an Emergency Manager (Anthony Williams who would later be Mayor) take control of the city government because it is was that pathetic at managing its finances. As for Charter Schools being closed by the D.C. Charter School Board, they should be closed if they cannot meet the metrics that are considered acceptable by that Board. However, if people have the desire/ability to get ahead, they will find the means to advance no matter what the circumstances. A good case in point is Denzel Washington. When he was 14, his parents divorced and his mother sent him to the private preparatory school Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. Washington later said, "That decision changed my life, because I wouldn't have survived in the direction I was going. The guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary. They were nice guys, but the streets got them."

Look at what Denzel Washington has achieved since then.

amerigirl

Volt, totally disagree just because a very few managed to make something of themselves doesn’t prove anything. Lending has been risky in many cities, and usually those with a high population of poorer people, like Detroit. Do you think those people had an equal opportunity? Kids that were lead poisoned? I can’t even comprehend how you would think everyone has the same opportunities. You use people that had innate talent as the models but there are many that don’t, even have birth defects. Then the model you used was afforded a higher education than most people who live in squalid conditions. Like you said he felt that his higher education let him change his life, how many others from poor areas can afford to do that?

Voltaire

AG—No, that doesn’t cut the mustard at all. There are lots of people who start out with either nothing or next to nothing and make something out of themselves. That applies in both rural and inner-city environments. How do I know this? I have seen it first-hand. Members of my family grew up on farms with nothing. They worked hard, joined the military, and made something out of themselves. I also know a family friend who grew up in Dinwiddie County VA, a rural farm county, had NOTHING, worked hard through school and did extra jobs, including driving a school bus, to make money and ended up as a Judge on the Virginia Court of Appeals. Those people wanted to make themselves something and they worked at it and persevered. It doesn’t matter if they had talent or not. Denzel Washington is a perfect example. He stated that he had a desire that he didn’t want to end up in the State Prison and instead spent time growing up in the Boys Club and working/studying hard. Any person, no matter what status they have in life, can do that too if they try. Changing gears, kids were NOT lead poisoned in Detroit. The Detroit Water System is quite good. You are referring to the situation in Flint MI. Speaking of Detroit, that city was run by corrupt, incompetent Democrats for decades and the result was a mismanaged city. It took the State of Michigan to appoint an Emergency Manager and make it go through Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code in order to clean it up. The former Mayor was convicted in Federal court for corruption. Why would any rational investor want to invest on municipal bonds originating out of there? The answer is that they don’t and that is why Moody’s Analytics and other rating agencies marked their bonds as “JUNK” and nobody wanted to help them. The same applied for Washington DC until the appointment of a Financial Control Board and an Emergency Manager.

RoundHillGuy

Mosby was a total Bad A$$. small in stature. Afraid of nothing. A real Southern hero. As an old man he also has a huge influence on a very young lad named George S. Patton who heard tales of his exploits. Merica!

amerigirl

Who didn't want to succeed but did anyway.

tolerantleft

Here comes the Woke Taliban.

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