Leave the Confederate monuments alone
There have been several articles recently about Confederate monuments. First, there was discussion about the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Then there were articles about the attempt to stop the dismantling, if possible, and to keep people from dismantling such monuments elsewhere in the state.
I can understand the motivation to get rid of these reminders of a terrible time in our nation’s history. Slavery was a blight on the body politic. But if we start down that road, how far will we go? Most of our early presidents were slave owners. Do we have to erase Jefferson’s name from the Declaration of Independence? The Washington monument is too big to dismantle, but do we have to re-name it? And what, then, will be the name of our national capitol?
No matter how unsavory our history, we should not attempt to re-write it.