How can we honor those held in bondage without acknowledging the rest of the story? Why do we not want to be honest about our nation's past and admit that there were good people on both sides of the argument who disagreed for many reasons, not just slavery? And how can we assume that Yankee businessmen were precluded from any blame for the Civil War while demanding that all vestiges of Southern true history be removed from statuary and even history books? These are serious questions, not racist in nature, and by trying to rewrite history to match a Progressive agenda we actually destroy history.
History is the true story of what took place, not what a particular ideology wants it to be, and by honoring a group of people while trying to reduce the lives of others to nothingness does nothing to face the truth about mankind. For man has both good and bad tendencies, and even the best of us have been and will always be sinners. Yet that doesn't mean there weren't and aren't redeeming qualities in what each of us does.
There are plenty of people to share the blame for slavery in the United States. The Black Muslims in Africa were the hunters among tribes to capture slaves and they applied brutal treatment as they carried them to the Atlantic ports for shipment west. Many of those shipping companies which carried the slaves to America were Dutch, but there were other European companies engaged as well. The Northern bankers financed the purchase by the planters of slaves and the slaves were put to work. In the early days there were actually more slaves in the North than South, but that changed as the abolitionist movement took hold. And the men who led the fight for the Confederacy, those whom we have taken down the statues of and are so quick to condemn without looking at the totality of them and their being, largely fought for their home state, for the state had much more significance to them than did the national government. The point is, history is history and you can't cut and paste it, you have to either accept it all our you are just substituting political correctness for the truth.
The truth teaches, political correctness does not. Political correctness develops ideologues who can't even fathom what the truth is. So, go ahead and celebrate and honor the lives of those who were slaves in this country, that's fine, but don't further malign those who followed their heart to protect what was their homeland. You can't put a 2017 viewpoint and value judgement on the 1860s and have any idea what you are talking about. It was a different time and a different place. Believe what you want, that's your option, but don't try to push your bias on those who disagree. That's what freedom is all about, as long as we keep it peaceful. But when you try to push others too far, sometimes that becomes threatened as well. America is at a breaking point from those who would divide her; let's keep it civil, shall we? And in so doing let's also keep it honest.