As Americans, we must confront bigotry and racism wherever it exists. Most of the statues honoring the Confederacy that were erected throughout the U.S. during the early 1900s and later were not established to teach us about the horrible stain on our nation’s history. Confederate statues belong in places that instruct and provide historical context, and memorialize the millions who suffered under the evil institution of slavery. Confederate statues must not be viewed as symbols of American idealism, or celebrated as positive icons for future generations.
The words of Reverend Barber powerfully explain the critical importance of statutes (laws) in dealing with the bigoted, racist symbolism inherent in Confederate statues.