One of the more difficult decisions we have in this country is what to do about Confederate monuments that are across the South and in small areas of the North. These monuments were mainly put up during the Jim Crow era and also during the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s. These monuments represent a symbol that has very different meanings to people. One side sees it as a part of their heritage of which to be proud. The other side sees it as a symbol of slavery and treason. Should these monuments be removed?
Those in favor of removing the monuments see them as a symbol of slavery. They see them as glorifying a group of people that fought to keep millions of people enslaved. Others will point out that the Confederates were committing treason against the government of the United States and it is offensive to those that have given their lives, throughout our history, for this country, to have those monuments stand. People also point to when these monuments went up, as proof to show they are nothing more than monuments to white supremacy.
People who want the monuments to stay say that they are part of our heritage. They don’t represent slavery, but our history. They feel that if we take them down, then we are denying this country’s heritage. Many who want the monuments to stay are descendants of Confederate soldiers and see the taking down of these monuments as disrespecting their ancestors. People who support the keeping of the monuments also see them as a symbol of a noble people fighting for a cause in which they believed.
No matter what side of the issue you are on, there is no denying that the Confederate monuments around this country are a symbol. What they are symbolic of is open to debate. One side sees brutality and treason. The other sees them honoring part of the history of this country.
PBS Newshour had a conversation about Confederate monuments:
Should we remove the Confederate monuments? Are they a symbol of slavery and treason and, as such, should be scorned? Or, are they a marker of our history and, as such, should remain and be respected?
In favor of removing Confederate monuments
Those who want the monuments gone see them as a symbol of slavery and treason. They feel they are offensive and must be removed.
How can we support traitors who killed over 700,000 America just to keep blacks in bondage
— Ms Jonesy (@jonesy_ms) October 6, 2017
Racism. Most Confederate monuments weren't erected until civil rights movement of the 1960's.
— EricFive (@KingEric55) September 29, 2017
Confederate monuments are nothing more than monuments to white supremacy. This isn't about "southern heritage" at all https://t.co/YsZjFj1HRR
— Ferenc G. Koszorus (@fgkoszorus) September 28, 2017
On confederate monuments. (Emphasis and salutation, mine.) pic.twitter.com/queHVk2dMl
— ifanyi bell (@ifanyi) October 9, 2017
Against removing Confederate monuments
People against their removal see them as a reminder of our history and a monument to our ancestors.
If we’re moving confederate monuments because of the Civil War, shouldn’t we be removing mosques because of September 11, 2001?
— Terri Green (@TerriGreenUSA) October 8, 2017
Like I said: first they came for the Confederate monuments, and then they came for the Constitution. https://t.co/xYHwVuWmMr
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) October 6, 2017
It's all of our history. It may not be nice or good, but it's part of our shared story.
— Jek Porkins (@MenkenHl) September 28, 2017
The Removal of Confederate Monuments Costs Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands Removal of one Texas monument cost taxpa https://t.co/jJSQ6Llal4
— ツ Nick (@npnikk) October 8, 2017
So, what do you think? Should Confederate monuments be removed?