Too active an imagination?
Or, knowing too much history?
The Civil War horseman, especially with the banner above his head, on two signs on East
Sixth Street in Brownsville, resembles a Ku Klux Klansman. Likely unintentional.
But it would be better to redo the signs, though, to make the horseman look more like a
Northern or Southern solider.
However, even better that the signs feature a freed slave, as too often forgotten is that the
war ended slavery.
As for what came next, and where the United States is in 2017 is another story ….
Note from editor: Hopefully photographic documentation is coming as regards this street sign.
This letter also touches on a subject that has been in the news recently. The destruction and removal of
Confederate markers and symbols across the Southern United States. There are echoes and linkage here too to
other historical revisionist; specifically The Taliban, Isis, and Al Quaeda that have exploded, destroyed and defaced pre-Islamic
structures in the Middle East. However one feels about this, no one should forget that destroying the past is equivalent to a death
sentence. For just like the death sentence, once it is carried out, there is no place for second thoughts or further consideration.
Author: Gene Novogrodsky
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!