Should we erase the Confederacy from history?

The Civil War was not fought to free the slaves. The War was fought to save the Union. The North had to pay for their laborers and the South could buy their labor and own it for a lifetime. There were slaves in the North, but in the South they were the backbone of the labor force. The South lost the War, but they have held own to their symbols of their glory days. From flags to statues the south is adorned with relics from the good old days. The symbols that they worship are viewed as symbols of oppression for some. So the question is should all of these symbols be removed from the public square? Should schools named after Confederates be renamed? Do we want to erase the Confederacy from history? Share your thoughts.

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  • elogam  On July 12, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    The past is the past. We need to embrace it, warts and all. Whether or not we choose to perpetuate it into the future is the question. We should not. As schools age and close, it makes sense to name them after newer heroes. Have statues and monuments, but I really think we have all the tributes to Lee, Jackson, Davis, et. al that we need, right? As far as the Stars and Bars: If “southern pride” is indeed the goal, then a new, untainted symbol would do just fine. Make it inclusive, because some of you neighbors that like to sit on the porch and sip sweet tea are people of color, and would appreciate not being left out.

  • elvagreen123  On July 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Maybe I finally have an answer to these types of questions, due to a memory that just surfaced. In 1998 I was sent to Manassas, Va., by my employer. While there some of the men took me on a tour of a civil war battle site. There is now a museum there and an old house and statues. Lots of statues of men on reared up horses. My reaction to this was the question “why are there no statues of Black people?” For whatever reason, there were black soldiers who fought for the Confederates. We cannot erase Confederacy. But we can honor it with a bit more accuracy.

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