Doug Becker 
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Re: “Reconstruction

Looking down the thread, Steve Brandon is right on - the thinking of the Lost Cause has been so pervasive that it still emerges from the shadows in the 21st century. Let's be clear: the Civil War was fought primarily over slavery; state's rights were only the legal language employed by the South to hide their intentions. And Mr. Merritt has a point about the value of monuments and symbols; of course they matter! If they didn't speak to us, we would never erect them in public places. Accordingly, as Americans, we should ensure our monuments and our public places don't elevate the language of racial hatred, violence, and oppression. Remove the Confederate flag from government-owned land and buildings, and place it where it belongs: in a museum. Don't let its message of hate - the primary reason it's been flown since the Civil War - continue to inspire unhinged people to commit horrible atrocities. Regarding the statues on Monument, as has been pointed out, they do have artistic merit, and are part of Richmond's history. I think a suitable middle ground could be reached where the military officers - Lee, Jackson, Stuart - are left mostly intact, but Jefferson Davis - a traitor, an insurrectionist even after the surrender at Appomattox - is removed. Honor Virginians (Americans) who commanded armies to protect their homes, but let's not elevate a political leader who committed treason against the United States of America.

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Posted by Doug Becker on 06/24/2015 at 9:31 PM

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