Is Southern culture racist or is it just being skewed as such by history? Is it fair to attack the reminders of a time in our history that is a deeply divisive to this country? This author explores reasons for preserving our monuments to the Confederacy and why they are not just icons to racism.
- The complexities of history, like the reasons for taking a stand in the first place, are out-shouted and out-spent by those now saying, “It’s time to get rid of old, racist statues.”
- The South has been undergoing this de-Southernization for a long time, and yet, a regional distinction remains. Paradoxically, it’s the crucible of the War Between the States that distinguished the South as a region.
- The walking shadows and ruins bring up deep loss still. But like memorials, it honors the spirit of the ancestors, who lived in a very different time.
“It took years after the deep grief of war and devastation, before the first memorials went up in the South. The Savannah Ladies Memorial Association started fundraising in 1868, three years after the end of the War Between the States in 1865.”