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The history record is clear and statues were not erected just to honor men but as part of the movement which became known as The Cult of the Lost Cause. The Cult had one goal through monuments and through other means to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of the humanity. First erected over 166 years after the founding of the city and 19 years after the end of the Civil War. The monuments that were took down were meant to rebrand the history of the city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy. It was self evident that those men did not fight for the United States of America, they fought against it. They may have been warriors but they were not patriots. The statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. The monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that is actually stood for.
I would not remove the statues even though they were not put up as tribute to history. They were put up as reminders to African-American citizens as to who was in charge of their lives. The statues were put up to sanitize the history of the men who fought to maintain slavery and the men who reestablished white supremacy in the old Confederacy. Removing them does not sanitize history.