The current effort to remove monuments from America's history has become too extreme, believes John Daniel Davidson of The Federalist. This movement has gone beyond just removing statues of racist historical figures, it has become an ideological purity test. When statues of Christopher Columbus are torn down and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is defaced, something has gone too far. These protesters are attacking US history. They see America as something that needs to be torn down. Columbus helped establish this country, which has embodied democracy and freedom. Denying this is political extremism of the worst kind.
Confederate monuments represent the very worst of American history and should be removed, writes the Dallas Morning News in an editorial. There is no debate; these men fought to keep human beings in bondage to uphold slavery. Statues celebrating these men and what they fought for have no place in America. At a time when the country is reckoning with its history and systemic racism, we should remove these stains on our conscience. They should be replaced with American heroes we can all look up to, like Sgt. Roy Benavidez. We need to let our country heal from its racist past to help turn the page towards a better future.