Brian Kilmeade, a host for Fox News the network’s Fox & Friends show, seems to be an opponent of a recent wave of Confederate statues getting removed around the country in the wake of the Charlottesville incident. Speaking with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Kilmeade seems to suggest that 9/11 memorials will suffer the same fate.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Do you worry 100 years from now someone is going to try to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?
ZINKE: Well, I’m one that believes that we should learn from history. And I think our monuments are a part of our country’s history. We can learn from it. Since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short. And I think reflecting on our history both good and bad is a powerful statement and part of our D.N.A. I’m an advocate of, again, learning from our monuments. Understanding the period they were made, but also we live in a great country and monuments are not Republican, Democrat, independent. Monuments are a tribute to all of us.
So let’s tackle this from the top. The 9/11 attacks were designated as just that, a terrorist attack on American soil, so memorials of that sort would more than likely unify all who were affected. The Confederate statues typically honored men and moments that were part of an oppressive regime that upheld the “business” of slavery and later, the idea that racial separation was ordained.
Make no mistake, many in the North felt the same way, but it’s clear that those who dwelled in the Southern lands that comprised the Confederacy were definitely not as welcoming towards equality for all. Just what is Kilmeade getting at here?