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.
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.
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?
There should absolutely be a place for those statues - after all, as the saying goes, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. So yes, those symbols should survive as an important reminder of a chapter in your country's history. But they shouldn't be in town squares or public buildings.
"It belongs in a museum!"