MLMM Photo Challenge — The Horse Soldiers

“Gramps, why is there a statue of a soldier riding a horse?” Jimmy asked.

“He was one of the Australian horse soldiers who fought along side British soldiers in the Boer War in Southern Africa,” Jimmy’s grandfather, William, said.

“I remember reading about that, Gramps,” Jimmy said. “The British came to Southern Africa for the gold and they exploited the people who lived there, sent Boer women and children to concentration camps where thousands perished, and raped the land that rightfully was Boer land.”

“Well, that’s one version of what happened, but it was more than 100 years ago and times were different back then. Society was different. The rules were different,” William said.

“So are you saying, Gramps, that, because it was more than 100 years ago, genocide in order to accumulate wealth for the British Crown was justified?” Jimmy asked. “Is that’s why it’s okay to have a statue honoring a horse soldier who participated in such atrocities prominently displayed in a public park?”

“This horse soldier, Jimmy, was doing his duty as a servant of the Crown. He was just following orders, as every soldier must.”

“Seriously, Gramps, isn’t ‘just following orders’ what every soldier who committed war crimes says?” Jimmy asked. “So why do we erect a statue honoring someone who was just following orders?”

“It’s a memorial, Jimmy,” William said. “Just so we can remember and not forget what happened. Sometime we need to be reminded of the bad and even the shameful things that occurred in the past.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Sarah Whiley.

14 thoughts on “MLMM Photo Challenge — The Horse Soldiers

  1. Sadje September 23, 2022 / 6:30 am

    I think this was a point Pete was making too. Good take Fandango

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  2. Paula Light September 23, 2022 / 6:32 am

    Good illustration of how some people think! (I disagree with it and do not believe we should honor bad people with statues.)

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  3. donmatthewspoetry September 23, 2022 / 6:39 am

    A good post Fan…..

    ““It’s a memorial, Jimmy,” William said. “Just so we can remember and not forget what happened. Sometime we need to be reminded of the bad and even the shameful things that occurred in the past.”

    My thought also…..

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  4. Marleen September 23, 2022 / 8:11 am

    The “tell” on ol’ Gramps’ point of view: “Well, that’s one version of what happened, but …”

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    • Marleen September 23, 2022 / 6:00 pm

      While there are often legitimate different ways of looking at occurrences, the most common reason people in my country say “that’s one way” and keep the “history” visible — on display unlike most of history — is because they want to keep their nonsense and bigotry alive.

      See? I’m not “a racist” because I (or mine, anywhere from white people to my cousin and son, we) am/are not out killing [them], the people upon whom I look down (not viciously attacking them; at the moment anyway). But people with power are supposed to have power. You won’t escape the fact, we’re owed.

      I get that this story doesn’t involve my country (at least not directly). Yet… I think there’s an extent to which the idea has been, Is The Queen/Monarchy not benevolent and merciful? Don’t forget.

      Not sure anyone outside if it knows to what extent the monarchy has actual power or is simply a well-compensated figurehead at this point and how much it’s a foundation with many other interested parties in the institution (I’m not one who knows). But the idea is the power is not weilded, so be thankful and awed. Or something like that.

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    • Marleen September 25, 2022 / 10:33 am

      From Haiti to Minneapolis, anti-colonial resistance
      catches white supremacy by surprise, July 25, 2022

      Like

  5. Lou Carreras September 23, 2022 / 8:15 am

    For those that serve, there is that hard line between a legal order and an illegal one. The bravest thing you can do is to refuse to obey an illegal order. It’s also the hardest, because you’ll almost always be tried for it, the UCMJ or no.

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