The United States Navy has announced that two ships have been renamed to rid the branch of its ties to the confederacy.
The USNS Maury, an oceanographic survey ship, has been re-named in honor of Marie Tharp, an oceanographer who first mapped the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Fox News reports that the Navy also renamed a warship formerly known as USS Chancellorsville to the USS Robert Smalls, honoring an enslaved sailor for the Confederates during the Civil War who later went on to serve South Carolina as a US congressman.
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According to the New York Post, the Maury was previously named after former Navy Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury — the founder of modern oceanography who was nicknamed the “Pathfinder of the Seas.”
Maury had refused to take up arms against Virginia when the Civil War broke out. He resigned his position and fought with the Confederacy.
The Chancellorsville was named after The Battle of Chancellorsville on April 30-May 6, 1863, which was considered Lee’s greatest victory of the Civil War.
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro explained the renaming of the vessels, stating, “The renaming of these assets is not about rewriting history, but to remove the focus on the parts of our history that don’t align with the tenets of this country.”
Most on the right would disagree. The left has been on a mission to not only erase the first 100 years of the history of this country, but to actually rewrite it to push their own narrative.
This continues to be the fallout from the death of George Floyd, who Democrats have rallied around to bring out the big eraser.
I maintain this country has nothing to be ashamed of, as we have always grown and learned from our history. It was not always pretty, but it always seemed to push out the right result.
When you continue to erase it, you eliminate conversations that need to be had, which dooms you to repeat those mistakes in the future.