Confederate statues belong in museums

By on August 21, 2017
Confederate statue UofL

By Megan Brewer —

The recent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia ended violently and became the eye opener America needed.

The event started when nationalists organized a protest against the removal of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s statue. Violence erupted when they were met by protestors, resulting in several injuries and three deaths too many.

In the days following the tragic event the question of moving other Confederate statues has been up in the air.

What do I think? Move them.

Just as U of L removed its Confederate statue in November and Lexington voted to remove its confederate statue this year, others should follow suit.

These monuments didn’t go up for the right reasons. The Confederate statues didn’t go up directly after the Civil War but during the Jim Crow segregation era. The individuals who put the monuments up intended for them to be a symbol of white supremacy. They’re racist.

They went up to intimidate a race or show the power of another. Their sole purpose was to glorify Confederate power.

The argument has been made that relocating these monuments is erasing history, but that’s not the case.

Relocating these statues is making a statement that these stone individuals are not the people we want to be honoring. They are a part of history, but not a noble one we want to display on our city squares.

The current locations these statues are displayed at says we believe in the messages they stand for.

They didn’t go up with the intention of anyone honoring them, so they need to be displayed in museums instead.

That’s why these statues need to start coming down, their history is not honorable. Their current locations don’t show we are a nation of equality.

In an email to U of L students addressing the events in Charlottesville, Interim President Greg Postel said, “We must choose unity.”

I agree.

There’s no more room for racism in America. We have no time to praise all the wrong people.

It’s time to start finding museums for these distasteful monuments. We can’t leave them sitting there watching over us; they do not deserve such an honor.

File photo / The Louisville Cardinal

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2 Comments

  1. Jerry Stinnett

    August 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Megan it shows you barely passed history class and quite possibly failed logic. Most of the monuments being removed/destroyed/relocated today where erected in the early 20th century to honor that generation that was starting to die out. Yes the was an influx in the late 1950s again but that was due to the upcoming centennial of the war.
    Saying those veterans ( and they are considered US veterans) are not worthy is ludicrous and shows you ignorance regarding why the war was fought and the character of the men would died for their rights as they saw them. Perhaps do a little research beforehand on your articles to avoid writing something so intolerably misleading and incorrect. Thestatues being targeted represent racism as much as Lincoln’s statue ( he thought blacks and Native Americans inferior to whites), or Jefferson ( who owed slave), or Washington ( who owned slaves). Robert E Lee, one of the most targeted states, did not own a single slave.
    Where does this infringement of free speech end, is the Vietnam War Memorial next, we all know that was a war persecuting the poor. Or perhaps the Washington Monument? When you pick and choose what history you are willing to tolerate to relegate the future to making similar mistakes of the past.

  2. Angie Ballard

    August 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Kudos to you, Jerry! I’m perfectly fine with these statues, plaques, etc being moved to museums since the uneducated do not realize that the Civil War was NOT fought over slavery – it was fought over States’ Rights – the right of each state to pass its own laws instead of all laws being Federal. These are current issues even today. There is no State Income Tax in Florida, prostitution is legal in Nevada, Marijuana is legal in some states, but not others. And yes, many of the most famous Confederate soldiers had freed their slaves years before the war. Is Martin Luther King next because he so was an adamant opponent of gay marriage? What of the sculptors who put their time, effort, and passion into these statues? Statues of Americans fighting for what they thought was right for their country. Just like our Vietnam veterans. Is that the next monument to be destroyed? Personally, I’d like about ten minutes with each of these White Supremacists and a link to Ancestry.com. And another ten minutes with the Black Lives Matter members advocating violence on the same site. America truly is a melting pot of races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. That’s what makes us different from any other country and lets us unite for one purpose: FREEDOM.

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