A veteran of the Union Army shakes hands with a Confederate veteran at the Gettysburg celebration, in Pennsylvania.

If you’ve been on social media lately, you have seen the left’s organized propaganda campaign regarding the supposedly nefarious reasons behind the erection of Confederate monuments in the past. In the bizarre mind of the left, who see all of American history only through the prisms of racism, sexism, bigotry, and homophobia, the only reason Southerners of the past put up statues honoring Confederate generals was to send a secret and subtle hidden racist message of white supremacy that would last into the future. We are actually surprised they aren’t claiming that Richard Spencer got in a time machine and put up the monuments himself, as there is as much proof of that as there is of their current theory.

First Claim Quickly Debunked

First, after Charlottesville, righteously indignant leftists immediately took to the airwaves and the internet declaring that the vast majority of confederate statues were put up in the 50’s and 60’s as a protest of the Civil Rights movement. For example, on August 15th, Joy Reid, the host of MSNBC’s The Reid Report stated, “The idea of putting up (Confederate) monuments actually didn’t happen right after the Civil War. It happened during the 1960s.” It didn’t take long for this claim to be debunked, as even a study from the extreme leftist Southern Poverty Law Center showed that the vast majority of Confederate monuments were erected between 1900 and 1918.