I found “The Costs of the Confederacy” incredibly one-sided. To lump all those linked to the Confederacy as promoting a white agenda is wrong. Today’s values should not be applied to people who lived in the past. Southern states have a right to preserve their history—the good, the bad and the ugly. Articles like this do more to promote hatred and division than to bring us together.
— Selena Levitt | Wildwood, Missouri
History is just that, history. People should learn from history, not tear down and destroy the symbols of it.
— Daniel S. Pokorney | La Grande, Oregon
There are two types of Civil War monuments. We should keep the historical ones, erected right after the war to honor dead and wounded community members. But heritage monuments, erected long after the war, were intended as propaganda, pure and simple. Voltaire said, “If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities”; the heritage monuments of the Confederacy are absurdities, and have directly lead to atrocities. If we can’t bring them down, then at least we should defund them.
— Coryn Weigle | Alexandria, Virginia
As long as our leaders fail to address racism (which is not limited to the South), taxpayers will continue to support what is ultimately a white nationalist cause. Unlike Germany, which acknowledged its horrific history, we are mired in sentimentality for a past that never existed.
— Darryl Engle | Chandler, Arizona
While tax dollars should not support Lost Cause mythology, the question is how to deal honestly with this shame to our nation’s history. This article is a step in this long struggle.
— Robert Willett | Pasadena, California