Emory Professor on Confederate Symbols: Contextualize, Don’t Erase

It all started in Charlottesville. With a public riot called “unite the right” people were protesting the confederate monuments being removed and the other side was advocating to preserve history. A reputable Professor from Emory College says that history does need to be preserved but they’re are better places where these confederate memorials can be placed. According to the law they cannot be removed until the law is amended. In the meantime another statue has been placed.

Key Takeaways:

  • Confederate symbols bear different meanings for different people
  • I would never be in favor of the destruction of one of these historical artifacts
  • They’re teaching us about the memory of the Civil War and the way that the war was memorialized

“Amid protests and petitions to remove monuments and rename streets in Georgia, the city of Atlanta unveiled a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the state’s Capitol grounds Aug. 28, beside statues of Confederate leaders Gen. John Gordon, Sen. Richard Russell and Gov. Eugene Talmadge.”

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