Confederate monuments do not represent Southern pride.
Growing up in the South, pride is an omnipresent face of life. Until recently, this was a conversation piece one would casually drop in while chatting with friends. Now, because of the violent protests surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments, Southern heritage and pride are the forefront of political discussion. There seems to be one fact people are missing – there’s a difference between a presenting a portion of our history and proudly displaying it. The removal of the monuments is not only the right thing to do for our community, it’s also long overdue.
We need to come together, not be torn apart.
There is no denying the impact the Civil War had on the identity of the South, but physical reminders of this dark period aren’t helping anyone in our 21st century community – or at least, they shouldn’t be. These monuments celebrate those who promoted inequality. Keeping these shrines up, especially in public view, divides us at a time when coming together is more vital and seemingly more impossible than ever. The Civil War was over 150 years ago. It’s time to move on, admit the Confederacy was wrong and remove these hurtful reminders.
We’re tearing down statues, not history.
It is most commonly stated that removing these statues equates to removing history, but that is far from the truth. When saying the Confederacy should not be celebrated, we are not erasing its historical impact. Instead, we understand that these monuments have little positive relevance to our modern history, only negative. Removing the statues absolutely does not mean removing history – that is impossible. This action is just a simple understanding that history is still there to be learned from other sources, but the monuments glorify the Confederacy rather than just teach about the content. This discussion has been over a century in the making. This is not the part of our history we should be fighting for, this is the part we should move on from. People defending the Confederate monuments under the guise of “Southern pride” are mistaken.