The Injustice of Removing Historical Monuments

Class Forums Government 2017-2018- Assignment 4 The Injustice of Removing Historical Monuments

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    • #1316

      An issue that has been controversial and often appears in the news is the removal of historical monuments. Many demand the removal of statues of American historians because they owned slaves. It is not, however, just to remove historical monuments that honor men who fought for American freedom because it is not doing what is morally right nor giving to the historians what they deserve.

      By removing historical monuments because they offend people, many try to erase America’s history of slavery. Though slavery was not morally right, trying to erase it also is not morally right because it resides as a part of America’s history. Trying to forget history introduces the threat of history reoccurring; thus, Americans must remember the past, particularly the worst beliefs and events, so that they see and are grateful for the progress made.

      People have pushed to remove monuments of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson because they were slave owners, believing that they represent and promote racism. Although Thomas Jefferson owned many slaves like most men of his time, he strongly opposed slavery because he believed it violated natural law of human freedom and value (Dierksheide). George Washington also owned many slaves, but throughout his life, he struggled with the justification of slavery and eventually freed his slaves (“Ten Facts About Washington and Slavery”). Thus, removing their monuments violates the respect that they deserve and that Americans owe to them for the defiance that they showed against slavery.

      Since the removal of historical monuments is not doing what is morally right or giving what the historians are due, it is not just. Historians deserve remembrance and respect which people who have no right to do so are threatening to demolish. Americans who seek justice must stop the removals and reveal the injustice to the people insisting on them.

      Dierksheide, Christa. “Thomas Jefferson and Slavery.” Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Accessed 2 Nov 2017.

      “Ten Facts About Washington and Slavery.” George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Accessed 2 Nov 2017.

    • #1359

      In agreement with Lizzie, I would like to add that many are so consumed with political correctness, currently, that they seem to forget that the Confederates, though advocating for slavery, were more concerned with state rights. Their rights were being dictated to them by the North, and as a result many Southern States seceded from the Union. This is forgotten and as Lizzie pointed out, that “introduces the threat of history reoccurring.” Furthermore, many have said that wanting to maintain these monuments to the Confederacy, is “unpatriotic”. But that redefining ‘patriotism’ as only promoting the ‘good’ in the nation which is decided upon by the common opinion. Also, once Confederate monuments and parks have be renamed to hide association with Confederate ideals. Jackson Park has, ironically, be renamed as Justice Park. It has been said, that this action is just for it removes the promotion of “white history”. If this continues, any monument that can be condemned as a promotion of “white supremacy” or can be argued as offensive, will likely be removed, thus we forget and furthermore, dishonor our history.

    • #1362

      Ugh, I can not believe I am saying this but I agree with Caroline (that was a joke). It is apparent throughout the public system of Education, that the south has been defamed and demonized by the history books and teachers. The northern virtues are always praised, and its vices ignored. The southern virtues are ignored and the vices are always exploited and I would venture to say that the actions made by the public system of education are unjust as they are blatantly hiding the truth and proclaiming lies and these lies hold no virtuous position, As they are not telling them why the south was in the right in some points and people need to learn about states rights as it is critical for the future government so that federal government will not have complete control over all 50 states.

      • #1363

        The truth is, slavery was not really the issue when the war started.  Lincoln used the injustice of slavery to get support for the war.  Obviously slavery needed stopped, and since the individuals themselves, the families, the churches, the counties, and finally the states did not stop the injustice.  While slavery should’ve been stopped somewhere in those levels, it wasn’t, and while it may not have been the Federal Government’s jurisdiction, that is the price we pay for the South’s injustice.  The South abused it’s rights, and in the states lost a lot of power.  I am very much in favor of States Rights, I believe that the federal government has overstepped it’s place in many ways.  Similarly to the way the States lost power as a consequence of abusing it, Healthcare was neglected – individuals weren’t taking care of themselves, but their families didn’t take care of them, nor their church, nor the county, nor the state, until finally the government stepped in to do that job… and take the power that came with it.

        I think I went off topic… Yes, I did.  Let me try again.

        Ok, so I agree that the federal government was unjust in some ways (NOT all), it overstepped it’s boundaries.  And just like you all I am totally fed up with ‘political correctness’.  On the other hand, the South was unjust too!  There is huge racial tension in America, and the hurt of the slaves has passed down to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Likewise, there are still many many white people who have inherited the unjust ways of their parents and great grandparents and harbor prejudice.  That’s the truth, whether they know it or not, whether they understand their reasons, even if they don’t act like it in the store, their worldview is afflicted by or suffers the scars of that past injustice.  These statues represent people who fought in part to keep slavery.  This can only arouse bad memories and incite anger in the people who suffered.  Why should we have statues of these men, anyway?  The Israelites certainly weren’t allowed to makes statues of people, and (*gasp*) maybe God had one or more really great reasons for telling them not to?  Despite the fact that some people may view these statues as statues of men who defended states rights, many of these statues are also statues of men who fought for the injustice of slavery, something that the wronged people cannot forget so easily, especially when we continue to have so so so much horrible racial injustice in our society?  I don’t think I need to prove to you that racial injustice still abounds, but I can.  I know stories of people here in Winchester who have suffered racial injustice.  Mississippi Burning is a rough movie, but it depicts how severe racial injustice continued even after the war and the civil rights movement.

        Do we really want to keep these statues up?  Really, can a Christian think this is acceptable?  I’m not talking about ‘political correctness’, I’m talking about morals!  IS THIS JUST?

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