Signal Mountain Tennessee Is 97.89% White & Its Town Manger Wants to Hide That Fact By Being Politically Correct | Stuart James
The town manager for Signal Mountain, Tennessee is in a rush to judgment because being anti racist is the politically correct thing to be in these trying times. He wants to remove the monument to the town's founder because the founder is allegedly racist, and the Town of Signal Mountain has a racist reputation.
Mr. Veal is doing what so many are doing today...rushing to judgment to judge historical figures in a contemporary context, without knowing all of the facts.
First and foremost C.E. James basically owned Signal Mountain. He developed the Moutain giving it the Signal Moutain Hotel which helped make Chattanooga Tennessee a well known stopping point for many historical figures. In fact, the Signal Mountain Hotel is now the Alexian Village, a well known Catholic independent, assisted living and nursing facility. Additionally, the Signal Moutain Golf and Country Club exists today because of Mr. James’s vision. Mr. James owned the property where the club is located. The Club is a public golf course sitting on a massive amount of property owned by Mr. James
C.E. James’s vision goes beyond Signal Mountain. He built Chattanooga’s first skyscraper, The James Building, with his son W.T. James. He helped lay the foundations making Signal Mountain and this City what it is today.
Mr. James was not a grand wizard of the KKK, he was not a confederate general, he was not a slave owner. Mr. James was a visionary developer. Mr. James worked with the Davenports, the St Charleses and many other well known families to establish this community. What Mr. Veal wants to do is to erase this history for political convenience so he can make things look good under the guise of racial equality and justice.
So, to erase the town's history Veal wants to jump to conclusions thinking the removal of a monument will cure what he thinks is the town's racist white only reputation (both current and past). Maybe he thinks more black people will move to Signal Mountain when the James monument is removed.
In order to change the town’s image, Mr. Veal rushes to judgment based upon a few deeds transferring property, without historical context or facts. Mr. Veal wants to join the anti racist movement to show that this 97.89% white community has moved on from its white only image. Mr. Veal wants to obliterate what Mr. James did to develop Signal Mountain, and Chattanooga Tennessee, without knowing the facts. He wants to cure this "white only" community's problems by standing on a soapbox trying to join what has become one of the important issues of our time...racism still exists in today's society.
Mr. Veal does not consider that the heirs of the James family are alive and well. He ignores there are other living heirs to families that worked with Mr. James-like the St. Charles family. In fact, the St Charles family sold much of the property Mr. James owned to help develop the Signal Mountain township and the Chattanooga community. Is Mr. Veal going to erase the St Charles family from the history books based on a few deeds he read? Is he gong to accuse them of being racist because they worked with Mr. James to sell property and develop the Chattanooga Tennessee community?
Here is what Mr. Veal is saying to justify his position:
"'We've had this reputation [of racism] up here for as long as I've been alive,' said Veal, a third-generation Signal Mountain resident. 'It turns out [that reputation] was earned, and we need to do something to earn our way past it.'
Veal said it is unclear exactly which property or properties within the town the deeds are for, but he came across them while researching town records and found several restrictions within them." Chattanooga Times Free Press
Unfortunately for Mr. Veal, the removal of the James monument does not cure Signal Mountain's image problem. Before Mr. Veal takes more action, he needs to take a look at the following figures:
This is the modern makeup of Signal Mountain's population:
If history, and the facts supporting the history, show Mr. James to be a racist, then I, as his great grandson would be the first to set history straight, based on all of the facts. However, I would not do so to cure the Town of Signal Mountain's 97.89% white community image.
Mr. Veal is engaged in political hypocrisy at its best. Mr. Veal is trying to hide the truth about this predominantly white community by trying to erase its historically significant past. His actions hurt the people of his community because it is patently obvious he is more concerned about the Town being viewed as predominantly white instead of the current status of racism in America.
If we are to judge historical figures like Mr. James or other historical families, like the St. Charleses, the Davenports, or other historical families in the Chattanooga community, we need to do so with all of the facts and the historical context in which they arose. We cannot condemn historical figures based on a few documents without factual and historical context. We cannot undertake to erase history for political convenience.
Mr. Veal doesn’t have the facts. He is acting to cure a problem that is unrelated to the historical significance of the man, and his family, who helped make Chattanooga the historical city that it is today.
We need racial equality in America. We need to understand history based upon historical facts, not politics. We cannot, as a society, undertake acts of political convenience under the guise of being racially sensitive.
It is time to act with the facts, not with the political propaganda to take a position so you can look good.
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