Re­mov­ing Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments ap­pro­pri­ate

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION -

In a re­cent rant and let­ter, two writ­ers com­pared those who want to take down mon­u­ments of Con­fed­er­ate lead­ers to ISIS. Vil­i­fy­ing one’s op­po­nent in a dis­cus­sion is a tac­tic used too of­ten by those who can’t ar­tic­u­late a cred­i­ble ar­gu­ment. The rea­son why mon­u­ments to Con­fed­er­ate lead­ers should be re­moved from pub­lic spa­ces is that the Con­fed­er­acy, its lead­ers, and even its non­slave­hold­ing cit­i­zens were ded­i­cated not only to the preser­va­tion of slav­ery but also to its ex­pan­sion.

Con­fed­er­ates at­tempted to take up to 15 states out of the U.S. be­cause they knew that Lin­coln’s elec­tion meant that the “pe­cu­liar in­sti­tu­tion’s” years were num­bered. The Con­fed­er­ate vice pres­i­dent, Alexan­der Stephens, stated as much in his March 21, 1861, “Cor­ner­stone” speech. When will Con­fed­er­ate sym­pa­thiz­ers to­day ad­mit this truth?

One writer re­ferred to the removal of the Davis-Jack­son-Lee sculp­ture from Stone Moun­tain as a “des­e­cra­tion.” The des­e­cra­tion oc­curred when the nat­u­ral beauty of Stone Moun­tain was marred with the images of these men who fought to es­tab­lish a slave­hold­ing empire dressed up as a repub­lic.

Neil Greenwood De­lano, Tenn.

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