Confederate Statues Should Be Removed, But Not Forcibly

Earlier this week in Durham, North Carolina, protesters on the Left did what they do best: alienate potential Democratic voters with obscene antics antithesis to Western values. The apex of Americanism states that We The People largely get to dictate the political future of our country by electing politicians based on their promises. Unfortunately, aggressiveness on the part of the Left has perverted our system, allowing for mob rule to supplant traditional American governance.

Bellicose protesters in North Carolina decided it was time for the almost 100-year old statue representing a Confederate soldier to come down. This wasn’t accomplished through electing representatives who vowed to take down statues similar to the Confederate soldier, but rather it was achieved thanks to much more worrisome measures. Here is a video of protesters forcibly removing the Confederate soldier statue:

It is through acts of aggressiveness like this that make the Democratic party appear unpalatable to those that respect America’s political process as well as the country’s history. This lashing out was a display of unearned virtue, nothing more.

But, don’t get me wrong. The statue along similar monuments should come down. There is no place on state Capitol grounds for something that is a reminder to the citizenry of one of the darkest time in America’s past. A time of widespread racism forwarded by practices like slavery. The Confederate soldier is primarily seen as one that wishes to protect slavery — one of the most heinous and egregious things a human can do to another human. That being said, the monument equivalent of book burning is not the answer either. It is ignorant to and disrespectful of the history that is brought along by statues like the one in North Carolina. The Civil War in America, to many people, was not just about slavery, but about state’s rights. Though ancillary, state’s rights and the preservation of Southern culture were significant facets of why Confederates decided to take up arms against the Union; it’s historically inaccurate to suggest otherwise. That is why those advocating for similar monument’s preservation on Capitol grounds don’t view them as racist, hate-filled symbols, but marks of history and heritage.

However, that history and heritage is also representative of the fight to protect slavery. For that reason, statues like the one recently demolished in North Carolina have no business to reside on state land. Instead, to be respectful to those who justifiably see the symbology of hatred as well as those who recognize the never to be forgotten history of the monuments, they should be removed by the state governments, not left-leaning protesters who see it as a moral duty to take action into their own hands. Once taken down, in order to preserve their history, they should be relegated to private museums to be put on display, as to not whitewash America’s past.

Politicians aren’t averse to this idea either. Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under the Trump administration famously called for the removal of the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds after sympathizing with those who took offense to the symbology.

It’s pathetic, sad, and anti-American to violently remove statues representing our history because you take personal offense to it. It is also pathetic, sad, and anti-American to have them on Capitol grounds in the first place. Elect politicians to take them down but still guard the history attached to them by placing them in privately-held museums.

Greg Matusow

Author: Greg Matusow

Greg Matusow is a conservative writer and founder of Matusow.net