Tearing down Confederate statues, or any monuments from our history, will not change the past. But it will make for a poorer, less enlightened future.
We can’t—and shouldn’t—wipe out the most sordid facets of our national past. They must serve as a haunting reminder of where we’ve been, and won’t return.
The kind of political violence we saw in Charlottesville this weekend is designed to force Americans to sort themselves into warring camps over two sets of losers.
White nationalists gathered to protest the removal of a statue depicting Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
As radical as they are, lefty extremists’ position is at least useful in making us rethink the elevation of Confederate leaders to undeserved heights.
Banning displays of the Confederate flag and removing monuments of Confederate leaders amounts to a war on the past. But it won’t help us to overcome it.
Apple removed historical video games that depict Confederate flags. Gettysburg removed Confederate flags. Denying historical reality serves no one.
Instead of being lured into a cycle of hostility on the Confederate flag, ask how we would deal with this in a spirit of goodwill?
This 150th anniversary of Appomattox should hold a special place for us precisely because it marked the end of an unprecedented cataclysm, in which men respected their enemies.
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