The monuments should go. Some of them simply should be trashed; others transmitted to museums, battlefields, and cemeteries. The heroism and losses of Confederate soldiers should be commemorated, but not in everyday public spaces where the monuments are flashpoints in poisonous racial contention, with white nationalists often mustering in their defense.Ryan Booth:
Those of you who want Lee's statues to remain don’t need to defend them from the Left — you need to defend them from the alt-Right! They are the ones who are ruining any chance you have for keeping them.Indeed it seems that if the racists are determined to make the defense of Confederate monuments their rallying cry, those monuments are not long for this world. If city governments don't remove them, mobs will.
If there are so many of who are not racist who honestly honor Southern culture and heritage so much, why wasn’t there a giant protest group in Charlottesville, pushing away the Nazis while chanting “heritage, not hate”? Why did you leave the opposition to the Left?
. . . . The Confederate flag and Confederate monuments have become gods to a group of people bent on hate and violence. As such, we’re better off without them.