The talk of our great commonwealth is dreadful affair in Virginia and its implications for our people as a whole. After some of our nation’s more unsavory elements besieged, torches and all, a statue of a divisive general of our civil war, the nation is reconsidering the centrality of such monuments in society. 1,433 more words
So I wrote this a couple years ago but after the events in Charlottesville this weekend it seems worth revisiting. To all the ignorant and misguided people using the argument that removing a statue of Robert E. Lee is an attempt to erase history, I say this: We are not burning history books. We are taking down a monument. A statue like this is a celebration of a man who committed treason against the United States. He took up arms and executed acts of violence against our government. We shouldn't build monuments to someone like this. Lee Harvey Oswald viewed himself as soldier fighting against an unjust government too, there are no parks containing a 10 foot high concrete replica of the man who shot Kennedy. If you want to preserve history, move all these Confederate monuments to a museum. Dedicate a wing in the Smithsonian to all our great mistakes. Put the statue of Lee in there right between a replica of a coal breaker room and Joe McCarthy's list of communists. Then in a few years we can add a red hat that says "Make America Great Again".