Why White Southern Conservatives Need to Defend Confederate Monuments – AAIHS

Confederate monuments were essential pieces of white supremacist propaganda. Although today’s neo-Confederate groups refute associations between Confederate monuments and white supremacy, historians have overwhelmingly shown that these monuments were erected not only to honor soldiers, but also to celebrate white supremacy. This point has reached near-consensus among serious historians or anyone willing to honestly examine historical documents related to the erection of Confederate monuments. There is no great mystery here: today’s historians believe that Confederate monuments represent white supremacy because that is precisely what the white supremacists said they represented when they put them up.

Source: Why White Southern Conservatives Need to Defend Confederate Monuments – AAIHS

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2 Replies to “Why White Southern Conservatives Need to Defend Confederate Monuments – AAIHS”

  1. This is a subject that I got badly bogged down in, over at my other blog, redflagflying. My own take is that statues, memorials, and in particular graveyards and war cemeteries, are history. Very often, history is unpleasant, but we still need to be reminded of it.
    The Roman Empire was built on the back of slavery, and extreme cruelty. But I am still pleased that I can go to Rome, and see The Coliseum.
    But as I was reminded before, I am not Black, and not American. So perhaps my view is not relevant to this very American issue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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