Should Alabama's Jefferson Davis holiday be abolished?

Quin Hillyer believes so.

Good heavens! Why on earth is this even a holiday??

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It is worth noting that a few counties in the American South are named after Jefferson Davis.

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No
Dominus vobiscum

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People make mistakes. This holiday seems like a pretty easy one to rectify.

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I believe that the holiday should not be abolished. While the Confederacy represented slavery, we cannot ignore the relationship Jefferson Davis had with the Catholic Church. From what I’ve read, he was very warm and cordial towards Catholics. I seem to remember that he was educated at a Dominican boarding school, and that he welcomed Catholics into his cabinet, while Lincoln shunned them. Am I endorsing slavery? No. Just merely stating facts.

I live near a road called Jefferson Davis Hwy. I do not think it should be changed to a different name, largely, because it’s landmark status as “Jefferson Davis” is well established as part of local culture. Most people here really don’t have a problem with it. I don’t live in Alabama, so what that state does in largely irrelevant to me in this context.

Are you suggesting that, since he was warm toward Catholics, the man who fought to preserve slavery and who said, among other things,

”We recognize the negro as God and God’s Book and God’s Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him. Our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude.”,

should be celebrated?

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Yes. Abolish it.

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There’s also that letter the Pope wrote to him. Didn’t he send him a crown of thorns or something?

Ugly incident.

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Representing someone by their evil is not fair. While I of course do not support slavery, and believe . . . blacks . . . are equal people, the whole picture needs to be looked at in judging Davis.

I am completely fed up with stories like this, ‘tear down this monument’, ‘shame that public personality’, ‘abolish this holiday’.

Will abolishing this holiday satisfy anyone claiming racism is systemic in the US?
No

Will anything ever be enough?
No

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That’s not really a reason to have a public holiday.

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That’s for the people of Alabama to decide.

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Beat me to it by two minutes.

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We have a Parish here in Louisiana with his name. Can’t see that being changed.

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I live about 50 miles from the Jefferson Davis Monument. It’s a 351 concrete obelisk. It’s a piece of history that I pray will not be torn down. We can’t ignore our history - good or bad.

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We’re not talking about a balanced read of history—we’re taking about a holiday. That actually celebrates a man whose most notable accomplishment was leading a fight to preserve slavery.

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Monuments are intended to convey respect or endorsement of what is being commemorated. It’s not just an acknowledgment of history. If you just want to educate about history, that’s what museums are for.

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The Germans don’t ignore their history, but you don’t see them throwing up statues of Hitler.

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