Letter: Confederate statues stand for what was practiced, even if it was not ethical

The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, which took place on August 12, should never have happened. After Charlottesville, other riotous demonstrations took place in other cities.


Richmond, VA had memorials toppled over and Duke University had a statue of Robert E. Lee removed. Of course, Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson are known for Southern secession from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. They held a belief that blacks should be kept for slavery and not given equal rights. When the Civil War ended in Confederate surrender in 1865, 620,000 people had been killed.

Yes, slavery and what Lee and Jackson believed and did was wrong, but you cannot change history. I believe their statues should be left alone and not taken down. They definitely represent what was practiced, even if it was not ethical. You cannot change what happened by vandalizing anything having to do with the Confederacy. It will not obliterate the treatment people received because of what Jackson and Lee believed.

Though so many things have advanced in the past 50 years, like technology, science and space travel, events that have taken place cannot be ripped out of our memories or history books. Continuing to cause mayhem and disorder by destroying anything having to do with the Confederacy will not eradicate history in any way.

Instead, just compare to how things are today and notice all the changes. No eraser can blot out the history of the Confederate flag, Lee and Jackson.

Marijo Mastroianni, Topeka



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