Monuments to the Fight for Slavery Face Possible Removal

The discussion over confederate monuments in Charlottesville, VA made it to CBS News this past week.

You can see the written story here.

I find a couple things interesting. First, those who purport to favor local control over being controlled by a more centralized government have no problem with the centralized state government overruling a local government desire if it protects monuments to white supremacy and the fight to maintain slavery. Second, if they do move the monuments, I wonder what the eventual place will be, what it will look like, and how the monuments will be interpreted. Finally, I wonder if it’s not more cost effective and more educational in the long run to keep the monuments where they are and just interpret them for what they and their location tell us about the generation that erected them.

What do you think?

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One comment

  1. bob carey · · Reply

    Al,
    I would leave the monuments as is, however I would add interpretive signage. In the case of Charlottesville I would relate as to why the monuments were placed (re-enforcement of Jim Crow) and I would also add that Lee and Jackson both reneged on their oaths as officers of the United States Army.
    As far as local control of the monuments I concur with you these neo-confederates seem to forget their positions on other matters. I wonder if the Virginia law mentioned by the fellow in the news video has ever been challenged in court.

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