Dismantling of Civil War Monuments Across the South Erases History

Isn't the toppling of historic artifacts the very thing that ISIS and the Taliban do to the lands they ravage?

If it were up to the Left, history would be erased and completely re-written. Ironically, we're not sure what purpose this serves as even negative aspects of history serve to educate and enlighten, thus providing context from which we can count our modern-day blessings. 

The Left, however, never looks at things in such a logical way, and so continues its crusade to dismantle Civil War monuments and any markers tied to the Confederacy across the South. WISTV in Savannah reports 

It's one of the most recognizable monuments in Savannah. A confederate soldier is facing north atop the trees. He's standing over a grave for soldiers who died in the war.

"It shows the progression from where we are today back to what we were. You have to make sure the progression stays forward,” said Old Savannah Trolley tour guide Chris Oliver.

At least one person, though, doesn't see it that way.

"The Civil War to me, and people who look like me, represented a group of people who wanted to maintain slavery. I don't know any other way to put it so they went to war,” Pastor Matthew Southall Brown, Sr. said. 

Supporters of this monument said it tells an important story about Savannah.

But does it tell the whole story? Some feel that Civil War monuments like this detail only the stories of the Blue or the Gray but avoid the rolls [sic] of African-Americans.

"The full American story is a composite of various people in this country and all the stories must be told, must be understood,” said Dr. Jamal Toure.

"We must find a way to honor our history but be honest about the pain certain symbols can cause no matter how well we intended to honor a person,” said Pastor Ricky Temple.

"There is pain, and if we ignore the pain part of it, I think that's unhelpful to either side."

[...] "I think that would be a major part of the history of Savannah that would be totally lost and wiped out,” said Oliver.

This is the only monument in Savannah for the Civil War. There are historical markers at several homes where Confederate generals lived. More recently, a marker was erected remembering a meeting in 1865 between General Sherman and 20 African-American pastors.

Heaven forbid we allow these artifacts to spur debate and discourse -- the kind that the African American community can engage in and use as a springboard to even "set the record straight." 

And anyway, isn't the toppling of historic artifacts the very thing that ISIS and the Taliban do to the lands they ravage? 

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