I live in South Carolina and there are many Confederate memorials and statues throughout the state. Just about every county has a memorial statue of a faceless confederate in stride or at attention. Around the base of the memorial you’ll find the names of the dead from that county or town that sent men and boys to support the lost cause. In cities across South Carolina Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston you’ll find statues of Confederate Generals and political leaders.
In the aftermath of the violence at Charlottesville between many violent neo-nazi white supremacists and some equally violent anti protesters Antifa/Black Lives Matter. The discussion by anti confederate statue proponents have raised the question to remove statues here in South Carolina. I have no problem bring it to discussion , debate , and then vote whether to keep the statues or remove them. I just don’t want to see statues and memorials torn down with ropes and chains by an angry mob.
How would I vote is a pragmatic approach. I would vote to remove all individual Confederate Generals and especially civilian leaders who signed secession and advocated for secession. Any General or political leader at the time of secession owned slaves. I would vote to keep statues and memorials of confederate soldiers of whom vastly didn’t own slaves. Slaves were property and were worth more than the average southern farmer could afford. There were also many boys that answered the call to duty some as young as thirteen. I believe we can still honor their calling by their local community and yet point out there service was in defense of a socially unjust society built on a slave based economic society.
Confederate Soldier Monument Columbia, SC, Dedicated May 13, 1879