Quote:On the one hand, the Confederacy was at best a foreign nation and at worst a militia fighting against the Union. Either way, is it appropriate to have their flag or their leaders represented on an official government building of the United States? I would think that sort of stuff would more properly belong in a museum. I don't think we should erase this stuff from history, but even if you believe the flag represents Southern pride and family values, should it be on a government building? I don't think so.
All I can say is what I already wrote in a different thread below: Even if a few Southerners don’t see statues of Confederate leaders and generals as racist, that’s an extreme degree of compartmentalizing. These Confederates fought to uphold slavery. That’s is their claim to fame and they shouldn’t be honored for that. Aside from the rare neo-Nazi, you don’t see Germans clamoring for Hitler statues even though Hitler is part of their heritage. Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis committed treason, they were traitors to their country, their actions in the Civil War led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands, and they tried to perpetuate slavery, the most abhorrent institution ever established in the United States of America. Why should that be honored? Also note that most of these statues and monuments were erected between 1900 and 1930, the era of Jim Crow laws, and again between 1956-1965, the era of the civil rights movement. These were times when racial conflict was highest and the messaging behind these monuments is white supremacy.
Quote:Then there's this more pointed argument that the statues were not erected to honor the Confederacy but simply to scare blacks. Is it right?
It's easy to make the case that the statues were erected to do both.