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The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate … and it’s heating up again.
It was part of a nationwide response to the violence that unfolded at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last week where many Confederate flags flew alongside swastikas and racist signs carried by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.
Is there a way to deal with Confederate imagery without forgetting the lessons of the past?
- Jillian Johnson At-large member of the Durham, N.C. City Council
- Jonathan Horn Author of a best-selling biography of Robert E. Lee, "The Man Who Would Not Be Washington"; former White House presidential speechwriter for George W. Bush
- Derek Alderman Professor of cultural geography, University of Tennessee; president, American Association of Geographers
- Phil Wilayto Editor, Virginia Defender, the newspaper of Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, an advocacy group that supports removing confederate monuments
- Thomas Strain, Jr. Commander-in-chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Where Are Confederate Monuments?
Part of the reason for the rally in Charlottesville was the potential removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Largely placed in the last century, such monuments to the South have been coming down in cities across the country in recent years. In 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center mapped where the remaining monuments stand.