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Statues of America's Southern Heroes

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Will a consensus be reached?

What are we losing in the current hostility some feel toward statues of America's southern heroes? We must realize that one part of the United States of America decided to secede from the rest.

A bloody, horrific, divisive civil war followed until the country's unity was restored by force. The defeated southern states licked their wounds, honored their dead, and revered those who had led their struggle in defeat at great personal risk and sacrifice.

Over the years statues were erected to remind ALL of us of those qualities that are in the national bloodstream, qualities which have shown forth in our struggles to preserve the freedoms of ALL Americans, Southerners and Northerners, Immigrants, and all of us.

Is heroism in a losing and discredited cause to also be discredited? American blood flowed on both sides. Courageous blacks served heroically, bled and died with honor on each side.

As in all the conflicts in human history there were dark, disgraceful moments of senseless brutality and disgrace. Wise men choose not to forget those, lest they be repeated and degrade us all.

Two people will regard a statue and see two different things symbolized, but the statue is a reminder to each of them of things important to be remembered.

We can never eliminate the past by simply removing the statues and their reminders.

America has always been strongest when our conflicts are contested in open public debate and a reached consensus.

Today we are engaged in a debate in which the former adversaries of ages past are expected to take sides once again over preserving or obliterating reminders of America's most tragic struggle among ourselves.

Whatever the outcome of today's debate, as in the past, there will be some who will not be satisfied with the outcome, and even continue to argue on…and on into unborn Americans' futures.

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    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      "It is time for Humanity to renounce war and fighting for any reason or under any pretense whatsoever."

      Update all statues and war memorials with a plaque with the above statement.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Seems like the issue has been put on the back burner because of the hurricane but only temporarily. I live outside of Richmond where we have historic statues on gorgeous Monument Avenue -- Confederate heroes but also Arthur Ashe. The Confederate statues, most of them anyhow, were put there in the late 1800s because almost every Richmond woman at the time was a widow. The city of Richmond has a Black mayor and had a commission underway to decide what to do. They were leaning towards erecting plaques that would provide explanatory historical context etc. Now they're thinking about tearing it down.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Demas, this is a very wise and balanced article. For years we Southerners have been accused of “fighting the Civil War over and over again.” However, it seems to be a case of the pot calling the kettle black (no pun intended). The statues and flag represent our Southern history, and it is too bad that they have been confiscated as symbols of hate and bigotry. That is exactly what happened with the swastika, which was modified a little to become the Nazi symbol.

      At this time the hate and bigotry seems aimed at the South, and these people need to remember that when they point a finger at us, they are pointing three fingers back at themselves. They call for diversity, but a politically correct diversity on their terms which do not include the true history of the country and the times of the mid-1800s. This true history calls for blame on both sides, but in their ignorance of the real reasons behind the war, they don’t want to acknowledge any blame on behalf the North and the fact that the North, in its obstinacy, beat its cash cow to death.

      Thank you for a great article telling this as it is.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Interesting question, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very nice discussion of this issue. I am trying to remember what culture it was that erected monuments to those heroes of who they conquered.

      I wonder about the brother against brother - would the winning brother's family want to tear down a statue memorializing the losing son?

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