Tearing down monuments will not change history. I saw a mob pulling down a monument to a civil war soldier; it was a soldier of the Confederacy. I’ve seen the “stars and bars” removed from the public square as well. n some instances it is warranted. Yet, my reaction is that you can’t hide our ugly history. Will we learn from it or will we try to forget it? This is what confuses me with the people who want to purge the relics of a bygone era. Robert E. Lee, once considered the greatest general of either the North or South, after the fall of the Confederacy was at worship and a person of color approached the communion rail. The Southerners were aghast at this brazen display of a “negro” attending this church and so openly approaching the altar. No one joined him at the communion rail until Robert E. Lee went up and kneeled beside him.
Perhaps there are things we can learn from Lee, Grant, Lincoln and others about our history that will help us today. Abolishing evidence of that history will not promote an understanding of where we have been or where we need to go.