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Don't touch Confederate statues; war was not about slavery

23 Agosto 2017, 08:37 | Benedicto Grullon

Charlottesville Mayor: I Changed My Mind About Confederate Monuments

After the death of a counterprotester in Charlottesville a vigil is held in front of a monument to General Albert Pike the only outdoor statue of a Confederate member of the military in Washington

"So why is the statue still standing?" you may wonder.

More than a half-dozen have been taken down since last week.

For starters, the city got slapped with a lawsuit.

Confederate statues do not simply commemorate "our" history, as the president declared. NBC 29 reported Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore held a hearing on May 2.

And this isn't just about statues. The decision was supported by the university's trustees, Schoenfeld said. I'm as white as a white guy can be, and while experiencing those unpleasant feelings, I have to wonder how a person of color might feel seeing Robert E. Lee staring down at him or her on a courthouse lawn.

"Their monuments and the things named after them deserve the respect and honor of all American veterans", he said.

With astonishing rapidity, the violent events at Charlottesville, Virginia, have accelerated an already intense debate over what to do with hundreds of Confederate monuments and related statuary across the United States.

In Atlanta, a Civil War-linked monument was vandalized on August 13. Businessweek scoffs at that approach as "pretty lame". They will come down, as Southerners of all races come to see that this cause, too, is better off lost. Removing memorials will cost city governments money. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. We're looking at a hefty price tag for a small city like Charlottesville.

On Thursday, President Trump said it is "so foolish" for American cities to be removing statues commemorating Confederate generals and soldiers who fought on the losing side of the country's 19th century Civil War.

While we at the Editorial Board understand these statues have historical significance, we believe their negative effects outweigh their proposed benefits. Charlottesville also plans to remove the statue of Lee that sparked the chaos there. Mr. Trump asked in a combative exchange with reporters last week.

We are seeing this everywhere in the South and each call to remove Confederate statues is nothing more than a tribute to perhaps the most restrictive and regressive concept in modern America: political correctness.

New Orleans removed a Confederate monument in May. According to CNN, he weighed in against them in 1869. However, the Confederate Monuments do not exist to celebrate slavery; they exist to remind us of one of the most horrendous evils that occurred in our country - and the bloody war that was fought to end it.

Phillips, speaking on MetroNews Talkline, said he didn't disagree that some statutes need to be removed as the modern day questions raised about the Civil war have emerged, but lamented the matter has become so polarized true debate isn't happening.

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