A major controversy has developed about removing statues and renaming schools, military forts, and streets of those who were involved on the Confederate side of the Civil War.
There is no debate that the Confederate States of America was based on the preservation of slavery and white supremacy.
So it is perfectly appropriate to rename schools, military forts, and streets that honor such political and military figures of the Confederacy. The US government can simply decide to change the names of the forts, but to rename schools and streets should be up to popular vote of those in the communities.
At the same time, the Confederate Flag should not be permitted on public property.
However, should the destruction of statues be promoted?
My answer is absolutely not, as statues are works of art, and should be respected, and should not face damage, vandalism, and destruction.
There should be a vote of the appropriate population that decides if such Confederate statues should be peacefully removed, and put in museums.
And this move to destroy statues of non Confederate leaders, including Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, as well as other historical figures, must be resisted forcefully.
Yes, the early Presidents were slave owners, and yes, many Presidents had racist backgrounds, but it is all part of history, and we cannot allow so called “purification of history” to please radicals who wish to destroy the American past!
Rather, teach the truth, but honor the important contributions of Presidents and others who also did good deeds.
We are not going to allow destruction of Mount Rushmore, but also, we are not going to allow destruction of Stone Mountain, which honors Confederate leaders. This is part of our history which needs to be taught and exposed, but not allowing violent action to suppress!
We cannot deny our past, and we cannot destroy our past, clear and simple!