Statues, history and reality —part 2

In our Aug. 3 issue, I wrote a column I titled “Statues, history and reality.” In that column, I took issue, philosophically, with the prevailing notion that statues commemorating the Confederacy or its defenders should be taken down.

My reasoning is basically that although history can be ugly, it can be dangerous to tamper with it because to do so is to tamper with reality itself.

Now, after the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, I feel compelled to write on this topic again. I won’t change my position on this issue, but I feel that I need to clarify it.

The statues that still stand in many cities were originally erected to project a positive image of the Confederacy and those who promoted and defended it.


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