The controversy over the removal of the Confederate monument near U of L makes me wonder -- was the Civil War so offensive that we should strike any remembrance of it off the face of the earth? History should not only remind us of what we did well and should repeat, but also remind us of the mistakes we made and shouldn't repeat.
But how can we study history if we hide it away?
Yes, I opposed flying the Confederate flag over state capitals. But that was a symbol of continuing allegiance to a defeated enemy. This statue, however, doesn't glorify the Confederate principles over which it was fought. It simply honors the memory of those on the Southern side who perished in that struggle. It's about people, not politics.
History is usually written by the winners from their perspective and with bias. Because that's true, we never see history through a perfect lens. Statues and recollections passed down through generations help us understand those who didn't prevail in the war and what they were thinking. If those of us living in 2016 remove all artifacts and evidence of the ugliness of that conflict, how will future generations know what happened -- and how to avoid it?
All veterans deserve to be remembered - even the losers. And I hope this statue remains right where it is.
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I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.