Lib­erty and jus­tice? Not for NC slaves

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to “Silent Sam should not have come down” (Aug. 22 Fo­rum):

Fo­rum writer Jonathan Var­nell claims UNC stu­dent sol­diers fought for the “right of state sovereignty.” This is the tired states’ rights ar­gu­ment that al­ways ig­nores the fact that the Con­fed­er­acy was formed for the “right” to en­slave black peo­ple. The se­ces­sion ar­ti­cles writ­ten by South­ern states make this crys­tal clear.

Mr. Var­nell also sug­gests that re­mov­ing Silent Sam is “in­sult­ing those who stood for in­di­vid­ual lib­erty and jus­tice.”

What lib­erty and jus­tice were af­forded the nearly 4 mil­lion slaves in the se­ced­ing states?

All mon­u­ments erected to “honor” such “her­itage” have no place in our

United States of Amer­ica.

– Tim Foskey, Char­lotte

Tim Foskey

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