Spare a Jackson?

Spare a Jackson?

"Spare a Jackson?"

Last night rioters tried to pull down a statue of the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson.  I wonder if they knew that he had single-handedly defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.  Or, that he'd paid Black soldiers equal pay to Whites (quite ahead of his time).  Or, that Andrew Jackson adopted a Native American boy whose mother was killed on the battlefield when no other Native American would take the boy, Lycoya.  What is the criteria for desecrating and removing historical monuments?  If the answer is racism, please spare Andrew Jackson.  There's a reason why he's celebrated throughout this country and has his name honored in so many places, and it's not due to his hatred of other races.  If the answer is that he is old and white, then by all means (that sounds racist).  If the criteria is to remove all historical record of any imperfect people, then we have a lot of books to burn today.  History matters and children need to be taught this.  Without Andrew Jackson, all of the mob mentality rioters would surely and angrily be exhaling British air.

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