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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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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