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atrimus

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Subj: Re: Regarding Confederate flags and statues
Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 at 11:41:42 am EDT (Viewed 140 times)
Reply Subj: Regarding Confederate flags and statues
Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 at 02:03:58 pm EDT (Viewed 200 times)



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    Forgive me, I'm not super educated on this topic, I'm just curious what others' thoughts are. This came up last year, I think, when they removed the Confederate flags from some of the government buildings in the south, and now again with the tearing down of the statues.



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    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.


That's my take. You remember history through books and museums; doesn't mean you have to honor traitors by building monuments to them.


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    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?



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    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/08/the-real-story-of-all-those-confederate-statues/


Building monuments to slavers just to intimidate blacks sounds pretty appropriate for the Jim Crow methodology.