Where do the Monuments go?

                Monuments and statues that celebrates figures of the past, whom have a controversial background has been the topic of discussion for years when talking about removing them.  Perhaps this year the discussion has become even greater during recent months, largely due to the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  It reminds me of the controversy that was caused by the tragedy that took place at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Due to the incident, Governor Haley had the Confederate flag removed from the state’s Capitol.  Opposing clashed over the decision one side supporting Haley’s decision and the other opposing it.  The monuments and statues that are being removed now, are symbols of the confederacy.  But when these statues and monuments is removed, what happens to them.  I do not believe the confederate monuments or symbols should be destroyed, because it is American history.  I think they should not only be used to teach about the good that were thought of them during those times, but also the bad and ugly they represented.  The monuments should be in a place where the whole history of that era should be represented along with the heroes of the other side of the cause, the heroes that stood up to the oppression and gave their life fighting.  I understand how people that are descendants of confederate soldiers have pride towards the confederacy, their ancestors fought and died for a cause.  But on the other side there is another group of people that died and fought against the system of slavery and exploitation that the confederates represented.  I understand during this time when these monuments and statues were built, they were made to represented pride to the south.  But to color people, these statues promote racism and bigotry during a time when their ancestors were enslaved and exploited.

2 Comments

  1. Recently my colleague Dr. Ken Noe made a comment to a reporter that went something like this: “I’ve been teaching Civil War History for 30 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever used a statue to do it.” That was my first reaction to your good comments here. Do we really need these monuments to teach history when we have primary sources, secondary sources, and whole curricula devoted to them?

  2. I think you made a great argument in your response. Each side has their own story, there’s always a “your side, my side and the truth”! It’s interesting that these statues and monuments have been up for so many years and they haven’t been a problem until now! Makes you wonder why!

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