The removal of confederate monuments is a necessary process that should have been undertaken long ago, suggests Bob Cesca of Salon. These statues inherently honor the men that fought against freedom and the constitution to preserve their use of slaves, among other things. Confederate leaders tried to illegally secede from the U.S. and should not be honored for this. Remembering the Civil War is a historical necessity, but this can be done through history books and museums. Statues of Confederate leaders wrongly depict them as heroes, glorifying their immoral actions. It is time to tear them down.
Tearing down statues of confederate figures without a proper discussion on the subject first is impulsive and dismissive of the arguments for keeping them, asserts Ben Shapiro in The Daily Wire. The assertion that every Confederate fought for slavery is wrong. Only a minority owned slaves, while the rest fought for their states’ rights and freedom from overbearing government. These memorials, just like the confederate flag, are not synonymous with racism. While they perhaps do belong in museums, this matter should be decided with input from all sides. The political Left is wrong to start tearing them down already.