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With the recent spate of calls to remove monuments and statues dedicated to the Confederacy and Confederate officers, certain individuals/presidents in this country have taken the stance that we shouldn't remove these monuments honoring the most treasonous, hateful event in our country's history - and for a variety of reasons.
The problem, however, is that all of the reasons are bullshit. Here's why:
1. "It's erasing history!"
To say removing monuments is the equivalent of "erasing history" means one of two things:
You don't know a lot about history if all of your knowledge about history comes from statues
You have never heard of books, museums, documentaries, or any written record of past events
Monuments do not serve to teach history - they are representative iconography meant to elicit an emotional response. The emotional response of things like the Vietnam War Memorial are to remember those who died and sacrificed themselves in the name of their country, while also not celebrating the war itself. It's without heroic statues or anything like that - it's a somber reminder of those we lost. The emotional response offered by Confederate statues of generals and officers is one of honor and respect - General Robert E. Lee looking brave and powerful riding atop his horse, for example. It's not a somber reflection on the horrors of the war fought by the Confederacy in the name of slavery. It offers no critical view of Lee's actions or the men who died fighting for a traitorous rebellion. It's meant to say "Robert E. Lee sure was a noble, great man." And the reality is that THAT view is closer to erasing history than removing the statue.
The history of the Civil War and the Confederacy is well-preserved - there are countless books, memoirs, histories, and letters that offer a full view of the time period, and in much more detail than you would get from a statue. There are museums filled with information, documentaries (notably an extensive, incredible one by Ken Burns), and more. Taking down a statue does nothing but get rid of an eyesore that lionizes a traitor.
2. "It's about heritage, not hate!"
The "heritage" represented by Confederate monuments and statues falls into two categories:
The Confederacy was built on the idea that people had the right to own slaves, that people could be property. You can argue "states' rights" forever, but the context you're leaving out is the right that was at the center of everything was the RIGHT TO OWN SLAVES.
The crux of the Confederacy was treating African-Americans as subhuman - tormenting and torturing them, levels of cruelty that knew no bounds. And celebrating the ones who fought to keep that status quo is not the kind of heritage that should be celebrated. Look to Germany - there's no question that the Third Reich is technically part of the "heritage" of many Germans, but they have the wherewithal to understand it's part of their heritage that they should be ASHAMED of, not something they should take pride in. Not all parts [...]