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Replacing 'Sam' with Griffith would nix history for fantasy

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Friday, January 11, 2019

One of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions is the Colosseum in Rome, built with the spoils taken from the Jewish Temple and constructed by many of the Jewish prisoners taken after the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. This arena became the site of Christian executions, and one of the most hideous forms of execution inside these walls was to throw men, women, and children to wild beasts while people cheered. Today, the Colosseum is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

It has been recommended to melt down “Silent Sam,” a monument erected to the students who left the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War, and replace it with a monument of Andy Griffith.

First I would like to point out that many people confuse Andy Griffith with his famous TV character, Andy Taylor. Even Griffith admitted he was not Andy Taylor. But how appropriate that we are now erasing history with fantasy “to bring about greater Christian love and peace.”

So to those who would agree with this, let me add the proverbial burr to the saddle: “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ran from 1960 to 1967, ignored the social ills of the day. The writers ignored racism and segregation by having an all-white cast never encounter the problem. During the program’s run only one black person, Rockne Tarkington, spoke a line in the show.

Two monuments to human sacrifice, one celebrated and one defiled.

Betsy Meads

Elizabeth City

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