The Civil War is American History, it happened and it is true, and recognizing its truth in the Land of the Free is the best way of reminding citizens of past happenings lest they be repeated. Unfortunately, most of a liberal and progressive view refuse to recognize that truth is always better than political correctness, for political correctness leads to the loss of understanding of the real world and replacement with a fantasy land utopian option which fuzzes over the mind and fills it with "fluff, not stuff." Of course, that kind of thinking leads to safe rooms and safety pins which accomplish nothing except to insure the development of minds with only one point of view. That point of view is one where what they call fact has first been through something akin to Hillary's bleachbit process. It didn't work out to well for Hillary and her fortunes and it ultimately won't work out to well for these folks either.
The danger of processes like this is that they are just another attack on freedom of speech and expression. And such attacks have been seen in South Carolina, Virginia and many other Old South states in an attempt to destroy all vestiges of Southern culture and heritage. Even one of the commissioners at the meeting, Chuck Chestnut, is quoted as saying he'd never seen anything worthwhile about Southern culture. Really, Commissioner? Well, if you truly believe that it's clear that you are less open minded than those you criticize. Once again, the Civil War was the truth, and local young men of that day fought and died for a cause that was more about protecting their homes and families in a state that had joined the Confederacy. The overwhelming number of soldiers never had slaves, in fact, they likely worked in the fields with those slaves themselves. And to try to place yourself in a position to judge from where we sit this day is impossible. We are in no position to do so.
And let's take it all another step if we insist on playing the blame game. There would have been no slavery without slave traders, and most of the black Africans sold into slavery were sold by other black Africans. They were brutal to one another. And then the Dutch shipping companies made a fortune off the shipment of slaves and Northern bankers enriched themselves through the financing of slavery. So talk about the whole issue, a nationwide issue, and then realize that these young men who died and for whom this statue was erected did the only thing they knew to do back then. They fought for their family and the meager possessions they owned.
Governments need to focus on the real needs of their communities today, not spend their time on politically correct answers to issues that should always be available from a historical perspective of truth, not milquetoast. After all, governments often have made a mess of the things they are supposed to focus on and then look for small things that can make them feel good while accomplishing nothing. Destroying real history is not an accomplishment, it just seeks to cover up the truth, truth which always needs to be remembered as a learning point. It's something for all of us to remember.