NYT Op-Ed: ‘You Want A Confederate Monument? My Body Is A Confederate Monument’ | MSNBC

NYT Op-Ed: ‘You Want A Confederate Monument? My Body Is A Confederate Monument’ | MSNBC 1


Writer and poet Caroline Randall Williams joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss how her ancestry influenced her new piece in the New York Times, why it’s “fundamentally inaccurate” to refer to Confederate soldiers as American heroes, and how she’s “interested to see what it yields beyond” just taking down the monuments. Aired on 7/1/2020.
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NYT Op-Ed: ‘You Want A Confederate Monument? My Body Is A Confederate Monument’ | MSNBC

48 Comments on "NYT Op-Ed: ‘You Want A Confederate Monument? My Body Is A Confederate Monument’ | MSNBC"

  1. Cidalia Borges | July 2, 2020 at 1:08 AM | Reply

    Trump is a symbol of hate he is also a symbol of white privilege

  2. andrea Perry | July 2, 2020 at 1:14 AM | Reply

    Stunning editorial. Everyone should read it.

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 6:49 AM | Reply

      she is a free mason..
      need i say moor
      woolly Boule…

    • Ian Siggers | July 2, 2020 at 7:14 AM | Reply

      marty methuselah, what do you mean?

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 7:20 AM | Reply

      @Ian Siggers Trudeau is one obviously if you see his pics (as a joke of course..free masonry is a joke)..
      they are everywhere..(or ‘every wear’)…they are also called marrano..or ‘off the rack’ Spanish inquisition converts who still deal as happy merchants ‘undercover’ of paint and robe…
      or ‘shoe shine box’…

    • @marty methuselah um, wow…whaaat? 😬😬🥴🥴

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 9:47 AM | Reply

      @Happy 44 happy merchant…so sad..
      you about to be ‘busted’..
      grab a fish..meat you at the river…
      billy bass…

  3. ZOOL AMriki | July 2, 2020 at 1:14 AM | Reply

    My Body is a monument … Perfect statement.

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 11:01 AM | Reply

      @Erika Lee aww..hurt your feelings… sugar lump?..your TALE is down…
      have some straw..turkey
      oh ju day day
      what race you in today?…
      track 4..or 5?..vein woman…you like CRACK? with a needle?
      don’t hate me ..because you are catcalled ‘trigger’..roy roger…
      oh JU dah day..
      sheesh…cry horse..wolf…

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 11:02 AM | Reply

      @Erika Lee don’t forget..the NEEDLE
      ORBIS SPIKE 1610 is ELDER to your Projects..1619 dweller..
      do not make me angry…you would not like me when i get angry…..

    • @marty methuselah bro seek help as soon as possible…. You sound manic af and you’re not making any sense…you poor thing…

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 11:24 AM | Reply

      @Erika Lee Shave and HARE cut?..

      Shave and HARE CUT?..
      come one..you know you wanna spit it out..gob master
      you only have two sense anyway..blinder bud…
      come out from that hole…rabbit…

    • ZOOL AMriki | July 2, 2020 at 3:43 PM | Reply

      How cruel it was when someone enslaved his own children.. and how it’s immortal when someone deny his blood relationship.

  4. From OZ This is a very powerful piece in NYT by Caroline. Wow

  5. Ms. Randel Williams is a lexiconic Goddess. So powerfully written.

  6. They worship these traitors and salute the flag at the same time. Love her oped it is beautiful and on point.

  7. Is this the man in the WH’s way of Letting the NATION know he is going to continue to let the the U.S. down and disappointed? is this his way of helping Putin destroy AMERICA ? While Russia is killing U.S. Soldiers , Trump is deliberately letting the virus ravage the Nation and completely wipe out thousands of U.S. people? While Russia is killing U.S. Soldiers, Trump is slowing down testing and trying to eliminate healthcare while the virus death toll rises? Is he, McConnell, Barr and who knows who else is helping Russia destroy the Nation and it’s people? What is going to happen to our American before November and throughout January until he is out… if he doesn’t corrupt the election for him to win again ?

  8. Robert Haskell | July 2, 2020 at 2:41 AM | Reply

    Interesting choice of words by Trump in saying the painted words would “denigrate” Fifth Avenue.

  9. That is the real honest truth. A wonderful piece of work.

  10. this is refreshing to have an articulate writer instead of typical cable tv talking head, good interview

  11. Thierry Budts | July 2, 2020 at 4:08 AM | Reply

    These words made me literally shake,I really didn’t understand racism

  12. the other 1 | July 2, 2020 at 6:05 AM | Reply

    Robert E. Lee was opposed to monuments for the confederacy after the war.

    • Troy McDaniel | July 2, 2020 at 12:31 PM | Reply

      Who cares, Robert E Lee was still a traitor, as the republican party is today!

    • @Troy McDaniel I am in no way defending General Robert E. Lee. He did know when to concede. He said erecting monuments in support of the confederacy would leave a gaping wound that will never go away. He tipped his hat to the Union army. These imbeciles that still in 2020 support this need a history lesson. Robert E. Lee saw first hand how unbelievably awful that war was.

    • @Troy McDaniel Who cares?

    • marty methuselah | July 2, 2020 at 12:54 PM | Reply

      watch out for FALLING ROCKS from the White house……..you know?..
      like ‘free masonry’…
      wall dough is dry wall and not load bearing

  13. wally crail | July 2, 2020 at 6:10 AM | Reply

    Mitch McConnell says America is the most perfect union the World has ever seen, yet the reality is, it is the most politically and racially divided country the World has ever seen.

    • It’s one of the most diverse countries, a cultural melting pot unlike most places in the rest of the world. A lot of that division is sewn by the media and it’s obsession with race. It’s easy to get along in homogeneous societies, but much more difficult in a place like America. Yet we make it work for the most part. The average American hates this division and doesn’t obsess over race. It’s a very vocal minority that want attention and pretend to be victims.

    • @Cray Rubbish, the US is not particularly diverse. You are just a racist, white supremacist apologist.

    • james c Pintner | July 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM | Reply

      @PanglossDr First, let me say what a great pen name you have, in this best of all possible worlds.
      Now, as to your comment, the U.S. actually is a very diverse country, with a couple of notable exceptions. It’s diverse because the various waves of immigrants, over the years, have gone through an assimilation process that takes a couple of generations. Irish have assimilated, eastern Europeans have assimilated, Italians have assimilated, and more recent arrivals are in process. With assimilation comes adoption by the larger society of foods, customs, etc. Just as one example of many, we take pizza for granted as an American food.
      One of the notable exceptions is the African Americans, who have been consistently not permitted to assimilate. They’ve been singled out for exclusion from the benefits of being American. For example, FDR’s New Deal was set up to exclude benefits to domestic and agricultural workers, who are disproportionally black or minority. Also, the historical record demonstrates how many African Americans have been randomly murdered without cause or consequence. There have been so many lynchings that the word has entered our national vocabulary. George Lloyd is only the latest example. African Americans, I would imagine, long for the day when they would no longer have to “obsess over race.”
      Another example is the Native Americans. European settlers denied the validity of Native American culture, and demanded that they “adopt our ways.” As far back as the early 17th century, the Pequot War was fought in New England between the Pequots and the colonists. Early Americans ethnically cleansed areas they wanted to settle, for instance by driving the native Americans on the “Trail of Tears” from the southeast to Oklahoma. People said “the only good Indian is a dead Indian.”
      Cray, in his comment, didn’t exactly distinguish himself when he wrote about “vocal minorities that want attention and pretend to be victims.” He seems to want to take American diversity as the whole story, and to sweep what I call the “notable exceptions” under the rug.
      I’ll call myself an “average American,” but what I hate is the “division” between those ethnic groups who are welcomed to assimilate, and those who aren’t.

    • Jennifer Bond | July 2, 2020 at 3:08 PM | Reply

      @james c Pintner 🙌🙌🙌

    • wally crail | July 2, 2020 at 6:09 PM | Reply

      @Cray The United States is not the only multicultural nation in the World, yet it is the most deeply racially and politically divided, which is on display to the whole World. It’s not the media which is stoking this. It is you white supremacist dogs, who see yourselves as being better than everyone else. We see both sides of your media, and we also see and hear your political leaders. The very name ‘United States of America’ is a self contradiction, and a joke. America my friend, is the laughing stock of the World, and it’s people like you, who are the reason why. Thank you for the entertainment.

  14. God Bless her for speaking the Truth.

  15. The key to a healthy prognosis is a timely and accurate diagnosis. “Truth,” be told.

  16. If a shotgun blast to the chest were words, it would be that editorial.

  17. She is eloquently ntelligent and wise, a beautiful soul. A beautiful woman

  18. I have never heard the confederate monuments defined so succinctly by a living by-product of the slave masters’ evil work. Hopefully, those that talk about their heritage would now look her in the eyes and understand Black people’s pain.

  19. Catherine Coffey | July 2, 2020 at 8:55 AM | Reply

    What people should NEVER forget is that donald trump’s father was a KKK MEMBER. donald learned his racism from daddy.

  20. Rachel Naugle | July 2, 2020 at 8:59 AM | Reply

    Caroline Randall Williams should be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The “whitewash”, so to speak, has been exposed and put into perspective.

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