Should Confederate monuments be banned? | The Tylt
Should Confederate monuments be banned?
Led by an organization called Take 'Em Down NOLA, many New Orleans citizens are urging the city to remove all monuments to Confederate leaders. They say they are tired of being told to honor white supremacists who betrayed the U.S. government and started a war that resulted in the bloodiest conflict in American history. If people want to honor the Confederacy, they can do so on their own—but government buildings should have no part of it.
But so many Southerners have relatives and ancestors who suffered and died in the Civil War, and they say their forebears were not fighting for slavery, but in defense of their families, their homeland, and their way of life. Taking down monuments to their sacrifices is deeply offensive to them.
"America, north and south, has a tradition of honoring its soldiers whether one believes in the war or not.... My hope is we Americans will forever honor ALL the warriors who were willing to suffer and die to serve their country."
When former KKK leader and lifelong white supremacist David Duke is on your team, protesting on behalf of keeping Confederate monuments up? Perhaps it's time to rethink that whole #HeritageNotHate thing.
Businessman Frank Stewart took out a two-page ad in the New Orleans Advocate lambasting New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s efforts to remove the Confederate monuments, and urging angry protesters to "forgive and move on:"
Should the Pyramids in Egypt be destroyed since they were built entirely from slave labor? What about the Roman Coliseum? Everyone involved needs to put down their personal prejudices and let the magnificent memorials of real history remain as a permanent reminder to all that the consequences of conflict and the results of positive evolution of life and mankind should not be forgotten.