The only reason we are talking about taking the statues down is because the North — the United States — won the civil war. It did so at staggering cost to itself. Total Union casualties were over 600,000. That is, hundreds of thousands of Northern white men died to end slavery of black people. Look at the pictures of Union dead at Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Shiloh. There’s your “white privilege.”
But not a word about that in your essay. Pretty selective of you.