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As Madison Continues To Talk About Confederate Monuments

March 19, 2018

As Madison continues to decide what to do about Confederate monuments there comes a need to–again–state the obvious.

Madison’s Landmarks Commission will (hopefully) decide about the future of Confederate monuments in the Forest Hill Cemetery. A large monument currently stands in a portion of the cemetery which includes the names of 140 soldiers buried in the cemetery.  It also contains the name of Alice Whiting Waterman who cared for the graves.

When it comes to this monument the least that must be done is for an explanatory sign placed so to allow for the full context of the site to be understood.

When dealing with the larger statutes in various states, along with the Confederate flag, there must be no wiggle room.  My position has always been for removal. Memorials to those who launched and fought a war to perpetuate slavery and dismantle the United States are simply abominations. They honor the most repugnant cause in our nation’s history, and should have no place in the public square.

Period.

There is only one side in this moral reasoning.

Let us not forget many of these monuments to Confederate men like those Confederate flags over Southern statehouses were raised not in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, but much later. They went up during the Jim Crow era as icons of resistance to black equality civil rights.

That is vile.

They must not be allowed to stand or fly.

Period.

2 Comments
  1. March 21, 2018 8:39 PM

    History class–a solid one–might allow for my point to ring more clear. “Let us not forget many of these monuments to Confederate men like those Confederate flags over Southern statehouses were raised not in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, but much later. They went up during the Jim Crow era as icons of resistance to black equality civil rights”

    There is nothing bitter about acknowledging facts.

    The fact that you think flying a confederate flag is in any way a moral or proper thing to do makes me stunned….really. Where is your decency?

    The Civil War was about slavery—breaking up families, breaking spirits, and breaking the promises made in our Founding Document. To say from “whence you came” is a good point to bring up.

    My Dad knew education was important. Every Friday night after dinner he drove me to the little library In Hancock to get books for the week. “From ‘whence you came’ is exactly why I have the ability to reason with facts and 40 years of reading history later I stand on the side of history that always bends towards progress–as each step in our nation;s story demonstrates.

  2. March 21, 2018 5:42 PM

    I don’t know how you can be so wrong in your thinking. Like it or not – obviously not – those Confederate statues are a part of our history. A reminder of dark days in our country to be sure, but a fact nonetheless. It was a battle fought on American soil – in some cases brothers against brothers – and to destroy or hide the monuments to those brothers is an insult to all good peoples intelligence. It’s OK that you appear to take the high road in all issues, that is a privilege you observe by living in this nation, and the fact that your thinking and posturing is so terribly wrong is saddening, considering from whence you came. Be bitter and hateful if you must, but you would be doing a good thing if you would keep it to yourself, and in so doing you might convince some that you do not go around kicking puppies. I have a Confederate Battle flag that I will send you to fly if you ever get your thinking right.

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