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Re: “Confederate Icons Die Hard in Richmond

Enslaved Africans built the U.S. capitol, the White House, much of the infrastructure in the South. They were rented out to build the Kanawha Canal alongside poor Irish. They were shipbuilders, masons, and blacksmiths. Imprisoned, freed blacks were rented out by the city of Richmond to build that statue of General Lee that graces Monument Ave after the war. Do your research before touting a perspective.

Yes all of this is history. But it is history not to be glamorized or celebrated in the manner it has been for so long. We should follow the example of Gen. Lee himself and regard the War, its symbols and its context in a solemn yet un-celebratory manner. It was not a glorious undertaking. Gen. Lee did not fly Confederate flags after the war, did not want them around him in Lexington. In the South the war has never been appropriately represented, trading away its treasonous, inhumane aspects with glory and honor of a "lost cause" as a remedy for embarrassment. Men fought and died valiantly, but we can honor the men without honoring tired symbols that have become symbols of negativity.

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Posted by Vielzuviel on 06/29/2015 at 10:07 AM

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