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Bob Smith

Some data on Confederate statutes worth considering: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/confederate-statues/

My synopsis for those who do not wish to read the article:

The data do not support your narrative.  Confederate statues were not erected to commemorate fallen soldiers but to express white power in locations and times when blacks fought for their rights.

I post this not as a resident of your town but as someone who's family name is on that statue, shamefully.

Bob Smith

Some data on Confederate statutes worth considering: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/confederate-statues/

My synopsis for those who do not wish to read the article:

The data do not support your narrative.  Confederate statues were not erected to commemorate fallen soldiers but to express white power in locations and times when blacks fought for their rights.

I post this not as a resident of your town but as someone who's family name is on that statue, shamefully.

JOYCE FEILKIE

I strongly disagree with your proposal to keep the statue, and I especially found your references to last names and people from other states disturbing. I am a native of Iredell County with deep roots that go back to my ancestor Andrew Morrison, who happened to have the original land grant for this county. I am not proud that my ancestors owned slaves, nor am I proud that many of them died fighting to defend a culture of cruelty that enslaved black people. They were not heroes, they were tragic heroes, thinking they were fighting for a noble cause they had been misled. They died for an immoral cause.

We preserve history by learning from the mistakes of those who went before us, not by glorifying the soldiers who fought against the US! The Confederate statues in the South were put there by racists during the Jim Crow era a half century after the war. It’s time for southerners to learn from the trauma of their ancestors’ mistakes.

The Civil War was started by a few hothead rebels at Ft Sumpter who fired on a US ship without orders. That triggered the biggest bloodbath in our history and tore our country apart, just like this covert racism is doing now. The South started the war, and the South lost the war. It was a preventable tragedy. Learn from it !!!

Troy Reed

I agree with Andrea Royall. People always seem to bring their own beliefs with them to the South. Racism to them is anything they do not understand. They want to tear down a monument and do what? Build a parking lot? That is their defiance and blame game. When all the monuments are gone, they will get elected, write books to change history, or about they defiance and blame games. When they get old and tenure, they will expect someone, or a city, to honor them in some way. Erecting a monument or renaming a school after them? But then, someone in the future will remember history that goes against their beliefs of what should be remembered. The defiance and blame game starts once again. It is history, why not learn from it instead of trying to change it?

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