Odds and Ends
They did their best
3 9, 7:26am
"Look, people. The purpose of Confederate statues is not to honour the war dead -- it's to send a message to Southern blacks, saying, 'This is not your land.' How do we know this? Because almost all of those statues were put up during the Civil Rights era."
This is indeed the purpose of many of the Confederate statues and I think is the best argument for getting rid of them. It may not apply to all the statues, but any statues should be taken down that were put up in response to Civil Rights advances.
And if a town wants to replace that statue they have taken down with a new statue to honor their ancestors, I think that is fine too so long as they make that purpose clear in part by denouncing the cause of slavery and racism that was the leading factor in starting the war.