Confederate Statues: Monuments to Heroes or Memorials to a Failed Past?

Confederate_statue_at_Williamson_County,_TX,_Courthouse

By Tony Wyman   Confederate Statues, Monuments, Memorials Arthur Danto, the American art critic and philosopher, once defined the difference between a “monument” and a “memorial,” this way, “We erect monuments so that we shall always remember, and build memorials so that we shall never forget.” Monuments, he said, “commemorate the memorable and embody the myths of beginnings. Memorials ritualize remembrance and mark the reality of ends.” So, what are the roughly 700 Confederate Civil War statues erected around the country?  Are they monuments embodying the “myths of beginnings,” or…

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Psychosis Abhors A Vacuum – What Fresh Madness Will Replace Confederate Monuments?

Toppled Confederate Soldier Monument

by Oletta Branstiter Psychosis Abhors A Vacuum What Do the Protesters Really Want? When the offensive monuments have all been toppled and hidden away, will the protesters be happy? What will replace these objects of their anger? Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered the removal of Confederate statues in the city after the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. “After the removal of the Lee Jackson monument, activists had put the Madre Luz figure on top of the empty pedestal where the Lee Jackson monument stood. But then someone knocked it…

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The Alt-Right Is Threatening Southern Heritage

a white supremacist / white nationalist member of the "Aryan Guard" holds a "White Pride" flag with black background and white lettering and logo

by Tony Wyman The people of the South are a patriotic and proud folk, as passionate in the defense of their heritage as they are in defense of the United States.   They have good reason to be proud of their heritage. The South has produced some of the greatest Americans in history. George Washington, the nation’s first and perhaps greatest president, was born in the southern state of Virginia. He not only led a rag tag army of poorly-supplied, poorly-trained troops against the greatest army in the world at the…

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History is Racist! It Must Be Rewritten!

by Oletta Branstiter The Confederate flag was retired from the South Carolina Capitol following the murder of prayer group attendees at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina by Dylan Roof in June 2015. Not to be outdone in knee-jerk reactions, the New Orleans, Louisiana city council voted later that year to “take down statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place will also go.” What began with vehement protests on both sides of…

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