Facts are freely available to people who want to know them. The facts about Confederate monuments are clear. The context in which they were erected is not debatable. So knowing the facts, if you still support Confederate monuments, then you are willfully supporting a false version of history.
My true friends know I’m obsessed with history and genealogy. I can read about and talk about American history all day. The Civil War is one of my favorite topics. But my obsession is about learning the truth ... the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have no interest in romanticizing the past and celebrating the Confederacy.
Trust me, when I dig through the wills of my ancestors who fought for or supported the Confederacy, there is nothing there to make me feel proud. There is nothing to celebrate.
My Confederate ancestors listed my enslaved ancestors in the inventories of their wills along with the wagons, kitchenware, horses, pigs, and cattle. Their “values” are included. They leased them to neighbors, sold them off to raise money, and did whatever they wanted to with them or to them.
I’ve always found it interesting that the people who say African-Americans whine about slavery and racism too much are the same people who have the firmest grip on their Confederate flags and the tightest embrace of their monuments.
People who want to celebrate the Confederacy and honor their Confederate ancestors have the right to do that. This is America. I have lived all of my adult life in the South, so I see Confederate flags in yards and on vehicle bumpers every time I go out. It’s part of the Southern landscape. I actually support the right to do that even if the fact is that that flag, like Confederate monuments, represents oppression, racism, Jim Crow, and a belief in white supremacy.
The public —- which includes people of all races and backgrounds —- shouldn’t have to pay for monuments that honor symbols of oppression. And while there’s whining and crying on other timelines about monuments toppling and “history” being erased, there won’t be any whining or crying on mine.