“The vast majority of them were built between the 1890s and 1950s, which matches up exactly with the era of Jim Crow segregation.”
There are more than 700 Confederate monuments and statues on public property throughout the country, the vast majority in the South.
The study identified 718 monuments. The majority (551) were dedicated or built prior to 1950. More than 45 were dedicated or rededicated during the civil rights movement, between the U.S. Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision in 1954 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The survey counted 32 monuments and other symbols that were dedicated or rededicated in the years since 2000.
Many of these are memorials to Confederate soldiers, typically inscribed with colorful language extolling their heroism and valor, or, sometimes, the details of particular battles or local units. Some go further, however, to glorify the Confederacy’s cause. For example, in Anderson County, South Carolina, a monument erected in 1902 reads, in part: “The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right.”
So no middle ground since the battlelines are purely on racist fronts?
It is not like most black* people can compromise on being black* (even if they wanted to), especially when such identity is often based on others' perception without regard to self-identification.
I don't believe ridiculing them is at all helpful
Ohio and Michigan have always been "fertile ground" for racism and the KKK.
The question I have is this: if we are indeed a nation divided philosophically, is the path forward really an all-out frontal war of "right vs wrong" or some mid-ground requiring sacrifice on both sides and a decision that the ultimate long term solution lies further out in the future? It seems now we're doing the former and it's splitting us apart.
"But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth..."