The removal of Confederate statutes has been discussed widely for the past two years following the shooting of nine African Americans during prayer service by a white supremacist. Those in favor of taking down Confederate monuments has highlighted the fact that the Confederacy wanted to keep blacks enslaved and expand the practice of slavery across the United States. Gersh Kuntzman, columnist at The New York Daily News, makes an interesting argument about the way in which Germany treats Adolf Hitler. Kuntzman argues that we should treat the history of the Confederacy as the Germans treats the Nazi aspect of their history. Germans do not have glamorous statues of Hitler throughout the nation, but have found other ways to remember their horrible past and learn from it. As Kuntzman writes, “Monuments are never about history itself. They merely represent what the people putting up the monument think about history at the moment that the monument is being installed” (Kuntzman). On the other side of the spectrum, others argue that by removing the Confederate monuments we are erasing an important part of our history. Sophia A Nelson, columnist for NBC news, is no fan of what the Confederacy stood for, but she believes that the monuments represent a part of our history that we should always remember. As Nelson states, “Remembering is powerful. Remembering, forces us to become wiser,” and without these Confederate statutes reminding us of our past, we would simply forget everything that has happened leading us to repeat the same mistakes (Nelson).
For this topic, I want to examine more closely the argument of whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed and look deeper into the push to remove these statutes in these last two years.
“Opinion.” NBC News, https://www.nbcnews.com/think/news/opinion-why-i-feel-confederate-monuments-should-stay-ncna767221. Accessed 2 Nov. 2017.
U.S. Should See Confederate Leaders the Way Germans See Hitler – NY Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/u-s-confederate-leaders-germans-hitler-article-1.3420013. Accessed 2 Nov. 2017.