To put that into perspective, there were 418,500 total American casualties in World War II.
To turn a blind eye to the destruction of the Civil War, regardless of the side, would be an injustice.
Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who's next, Washington, Jefferson? Governors and legislatures decide on who is memorialized for their states and sometimes voluntarily change who is represented.
With that in mind, I personally don't believe that the Confederate monuments in America are serving a righteous purpose.
In this day and age, said monuments have come to symbolize support for the Confederate cause more so than to commemorate fallen soldiers, and hence have carried forth a violent and racist ideology.
Therefore, for many, these monuments stand for the support of a dangerous ideology.
Keeping these monuments would mean a victory for this ideology and those in support of it.
As demonstrated in Charlottesville, there is still a massive regional conflict that stems from issues dating back far beyond and including the Civil War.
The marchers demonstrated behaviors that, regardless of political beliefs, can only be seen for what they are: racist.
I see no problem with commemorating any life lost in the Civil War, so long as we remember the lessons and consequences that we must take away from it.
In other words, there is a way to remember Confederate lives lost without perpetuating and supporting the principles for which they fought.
We have much work to do.” “The Capitol is a place for all Americans to come and feel welcomed, encouraged, and inspired,” the statement read. They are, unequivocally, not only statues of treasonous Americans, but are symbolic to some who seek to revise history and advance hate and division.
To millions of Americans, they are painful, injurious symbols of bigotry and hate, celebrating individuals who sought to break our nation asunder and preserve the vile institution of slavery and white supremacy.” Booker’s tweet came roughly an hour after President Trump decried the removal of Confederate statues in some parts of the country, an issue that has come to the forefront of a tense debate in the aftermath of last weekend’s demonstration by neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members in Charlottesville, Va., and their clashes with counterprotesters.
There are many strong thoughts and beliefs on this controversial issue, and these are simply mine. When it comes to any war, it is always difficult to commemorate the lives lost on the losing side.