Well, that may be what they say to you.

What a presumptuous statement to make. I have learned that the people who talk in fear of the removal of these monuments that were created and exist for one reason only are the ones who seem to want to return to those ideals of oppression. I have learned that we lost more lives in this one war than all other wars combined. I have learned that families were torn apart because of what each ideological side thought was right. I have more sympathy and empathy for those familes and communities than some general who couldn’t bring himself to make the right decision no matter how much internal turmoil he experienced and who was ultimately responsible for the strateges that sent thousands upon thousands of men to their deaths for a cause that was unjust.

Have you visited the graves? Have you dealt face to face with the racism that engendered the ideaolgies that fanned the flames of this war? There is nothing to celebrate in the individuals who both lead and participated.

It is not hard for me to level the same charge to you, that you are the one who is not learning from history. Learning from history is not about rationalizing or justifying wrong actions. It is about making sure the same actions don’t occur again. Keeping a monument of Lee that was created and displayed for the sinlge reason to celebrate and commemorate an act of defiance in defense of an unjust cause, out in the public bereft of context does nothing to contribute to learning from history. Lee may arguably have redeeming qualities, but that monument does not. The only one here so far re-envisioning history is you, or at least your argument to keep it in place. And you can still say “Look how far we have come” (even as recent events seem to show otherwise) in that museum and have the support of the context of history surrounding that monument.

You keep beating this drum of erasure and no one that I know of is talking about that. I guess setting up this strawman makes it easier to argue a point no one is making. Certainly no one in this discussion.


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