Removing statues can’t change history

22 thoughts on “Removing statues can’t change history”

  1. Well said my friend. We should all remember that we laugh when some says, “let’s pretend that didn’t happen” for a very good reason. History should be a tool we use to better our selves individually and as a people, rather than a weapon to defend our ignorance.

    1. Well, what can I say. It’s my opinion, period. I’m not a media outlet. Speaking of which, the media shouldn’t be championing anything. They should just give us unbiased news and … man, those were the days, weren’t they? Back when we could get straight unbiased news. What a concept!

  2. Your opinion carries more weight with me than our opinion promoting, opinion laced, opinion driven outlets of what used to be unbiased news reading TV news anchors. Turn back the clock… I wish.

  3. I think a lot of people feel this way. Good post.
    It’s so eerily like what happened in the Middle East, China – so many places – all those ancient structures, temples, monuments – people wailed about that…but here? Crickets.

    1. I’ve thought often about the destruction in the Middle East of ancient monuments, temples, and other world treasures. Civil War monuments are by no means ancient, nor are they world treasures, but I can’t help seeing certain parallels. Glad I’m not the only one.

      1. Between August super heat index and the solar eclipse and new solar flare, maybe it’s just too much…after all, animals react weirdly with eclipses – and we are mammals…I’d like to think there’s some explanation

      2. Summer heat is a definite candidate, with more people getting outside, getting irritable, or both. Doubt this would be happening in freezing weather with snow on the ground.

  4. Living just outside of the City of Charlottesville, I’m not sure if this will be the final outcome for the statue of Robert E. Lee in the downtown park. Right now there’s the decision to shroud the statue in mourning of both the death of Heather Heyer and also of the ugliness and intimidation that visited our area. I’m not sure if the people will want that statue looming over downtown as a reminder of that ugliness. We’ll see. At this point, I see Lee as a general who fought against the country that our founding father’s envisioned and wonder why we’d want him on a pedestal in the park. Thanks for sharing this sad history too.

    1. Paraphrasing Nathan Youngblood, above, I have never been attacked by Confederate monuments and hold them no malice. I’ve no sympathy whatsoever for minority groups who use them as excuses for hate and violence or as excuses to tear down something venerated by someone else. The problem lies in the hearts of people, not in the statues.

      1. Our history is filled with paradoxes and human beings are complex. I’d like to see a resolution such as Nathan Youngblood suggests. Non of this was about statues. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. I’ve visited the local battlefields and Gettysburgh. The horror and loss of life is overwhelming. We all need these reminders of brother against brother.

      2. Couldn’t agree more. It’s all in the eye and heart of the beholder. I’ve been to Gettysburg, and no history book can impart the understanding you gain from walking the very ground those soldiers fought and died for. I will never forget it.

        I’ve lived in the Northeast and seen what the North fought for. I’ve lived in Atlanta and seen what the South fought for. I can’t fault either side for defending what they had. I can only mourn the loss of life, and hope we never forget it.

  5. I believe that historical statues should be left where they are. They once had creedence in why they were constructed. Be it good or bad, our history must be preserved, if nothing else, to make sure it does not repeat. We all have seen what removing wisdom and history does to a society…Dark Ages ring a bell?
    If you want to remove the true aggressors against the original Americans, remove the Churches not statues.
    If you object to certain celebrations of dubious heroes, don’t attend.

    1. I agree. If we take down every statue and monument that someone doesn’t like, there won’t be a single one left. We need reminders of the past if we are to remember it. And we should remember it and learn from it.

... and that's my two cents