While I think I understand why many African-American citizens may be offended at hearing the song Dixie and/or seeing Colonel Reb prancing around a football field, I think European-American Civil War statues may actually serve a more useful purpose.
God in the Bible often instructed the Children of Israel to construct memorials so that they would remember what He did for them and would not forget Him. Perhaps we should consider that wisdom before removing all the Civil War statues?
I have no idea what the motivation was behind the construction of most of these controversial statues but perhaps, like the memorials God instructed the Children of Israel to construct, we should focus on the time period represented by these statues and the evil things done during those times and not the statues themselves. The escalating racial tension of our day shows us that we haven’t progressed nearly as far as we should have and perhaps we need a concrete, no pun intended, example of what happens when one group of people thinks they are superior to another to remind us.
I fear the old saying attributed to Philosopher, Poet George Santayana and paraphrased by Edmund Burke and Winston Churchill, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, is true. And, perhaps we should stop and consider the wisdom of Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom who said, “memories are the key not to the past, but to the future”.
Perhaps it would be a monumental mistake to remove these reminders of our history of racial disparity.