Taking down a statue does nothing to erase history. Statues do not teach. Statues are meant to glorify. We don't glorify traitors and losers. Tear down every last statue of every confederate hero. We can learn about them without erecting monuments to them. Taking down a statue does nothing to limit access to information. And yes, the civil war was about slavery. Jam it up your ass.
I find it odd the same people who support confederate monuments are the ones wanting Kaepernick to never play football again because he kneels during an anthem. The one's who say it's unpatriotic are the people who support a general that attacked America and killed 100s of thousands of American troops under his leadership. The same general who was trying to destroy America. Shaking my head. They aren't patriotic they are racist.
"I think it wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavoured to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,"R. E. Lee
I asked if [Andrew] Jackson will be next. He pushed for the removal of the Cherokee and other First Nations to be removed from GA, TN, FL, and AL. I will also add: what about Stone Mountain, GA?
When we visited a plantation near Washington DC, we were told by the guides that the slave quarters were demolished and weren't going to be rebuilt. While slavery was abhorrent, rewriting history is tragic too. If one owned a plantation, one owned and housed slaves. Yes, it's wrong, but it happened! Show how they lived, where they lived, what they had to do to survive.
Take down the Statue of Liberty too. Given to America by France during Jim Crow. Native Americans were not included either. Insensitive as hell and offensive. It's time to take that evil symbol of hypocrisy and racism down too.
Update: The statue has been removed after an hourslong process. A mostly jubilant crowd shouted "Take him down" and "Hey, hey, good-bye" while the statue was lifted off its perch. http://n.pr/2qD011R
Robert E. Lee was a fascinating and complicated figure in American history. His story is one of the most important in the Civil War. People forget that he came very close to fighting for the Union Army, as he was their first choice and gave it considerable thought. He also felt slavery was sinful, but he simply could not kill his fellow countrymen (he considered Virginia his country).
Let's not forget, though, that statues are awesome and these should be replaced. They really dignify a city. Put J.R. Ewing up for all I care. But have somebody in a statue
Sad to see all of this hoopla. YES slavery is wrong yet it still goes on today. If we put as much effort into stopping it as we do with all this maybe we really could make a change. PS. In the north both before the war an after people were treated as bad an worse they weren't owned just treated like they were. And lets not even start on how the Native Americans were an still are treated. So I sugest we start with all the memorabilia from George Washington on up lets wipe it all out. Than rewright it to suit what we want it to be. By all means lie to the future generations so they can continue to make our mistakes over an over