A few weeks ago I commented on the assumptions being made about the individual[s] responsible for painting a Confederate statue in Montgomery, Alabama in black-face. Not surprisingly, editorials made it clear that many assumed the perpetrators must be black given the details of the defacement. Here is what I stated in that earlier post:
On the other hand, what both statements have in common is the implicit
assumption that the perpetrators are black. Now if I were a betting
man I probably would agree, but it is worth asking whether that
assumption tells us more about ourselves than anything about this
particular crime. It could very well be white southerners that are
responsible for this incident, and it may also be the case that they
are making the very same point that might motivate black southerners.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans offered a reward for any tips that may lead to an arrest and apparently it paid off. Assuming this leads to charges and a conviction I will be interested to see if anyone takes the opportunity to comment on the racial component of this incident. I am curious as to how the Sons of Confederate Veterans, specifically, will attempt to explain the motivation of these young white men. Perhaps they can schedule H.K. Edgerton for a series of public talks and visits to local public schools. Meanwhile, the restoration of the monument continues.