Controversy Over Confederate Monuments

By Richard Nelson

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August 22, 2017

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The controversy stirs over Confederate monuments in public places. The tragedy in Charlottesville was sparked by an order to move a statue of General Lee. In Durham, NC, a mob dismantled a Confederate monument. But whitewashing our history and removing such monuments isn't the answer. All the warts and blemishes of our history should be open for all to see so that we can learn from our mistakes. So here's my proposal: Why not place alongside Confederate statues—statues of George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr.? That way, if racists decide to rally, they'll be doing so under the glances of men and women whose stories of courage proclaim to the world that small-minded bigotry cannot withstand the fortitude of those committed to advancing human dignity and justice for all. 

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