Removing Confederate monuments appropriate
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.