Controversial Confederate Memorials vs. Slavery Memorials
A recent story from THE GUARDIAN featured recent conflicts in New Orleans stemming from the city’s decision to remove many monuments deemed to celebrate the ideals of the Confederacy– mainly slavery– as offensive to modern concepts of human equality, justice, and opportunity.
This reminds me of the 2015 flap in Cornelius, NC, about it’s very own Confederate Soldier Monument. It was erected around 1910, after most Confederate vets had died.
Many believe these statues were erected in Southern towns and cities– so long after the Civil War, to reinforce the spirit of the new Jim Crow laws, and inform Yankees that the ‘South’ (or at least the people who had money for such statues) had not …