I feel compelled to offer my opinion regarding the belief that removing statues or other memorials which commemorate historical events and our Confederate ancestors is somehow necessary. I would subscribe to the idea that there is little noble about the Confederacy when held to the single concept of slavery. There is, however, something noble for a free people to respect and preserve their history and learn from it.
I have read somewhere that for a regular soldier of 1861, the Civil War was not exclusively about slavery—it was also about a sense of honor and duty to protect their home state from an invading army.
Not every statue has to comfort us. Statues can serve a purpose of obligating us to grapple with our nation’s history. The recent misguided fervor for removing statues and memorials seems to be a political critique of American history and our institutions, with the intent of overthrowing the order which most Americans revere.
Removal and d...
To view the rest of this article, you must log in. If you do not have an account with us, please subscribe here.