If we take down statutes that immortalize Confederate Army personnel then we are guilty of re-writing history. 2017 Race Riots and Bigotry are doing quite well in the United States of America- Land of the Free! Statues, naming schools, or towns are symbols that change meaning the further you get away from the beginning of history. Politicians run scared of opposition and cow down to fear of what might be rather than stand up and say “Look! It is what it is!”
The German occupied people removed statues and other reminders of the Hitler-Stalin years. Children need to see these once revered people and understand the political era and agenda that erected the monument in the beginning. Only by understanding the beginning will we hope to understand its ending. I want opportunities to take my grandchildren to see monuments and open a dialog about what happen, when, and where it happened, who was involved, and most importantly why it happened. So that they can process the information for themselves and form an learned opinion regarding the topic of discussion.
We need the physical reminders or history will be forgotten and doomed to repeat itself.