As an informed person with MULTIPLE degrees in history I feel I CAN speak on this issue. These monuments, which have been the source if controversy, are NEW in the realm of "historical monuments". Truth be told, the majority were commissioned in the 1920's and 1930's by white nationalist groups operating within the country. This was at the height of exploitative share cropping practices, Federal and State mandated Jim Crow policies, and in the powerful hay day of groups such as the KKK.
They were erected with the intent of forcing an unconstitutional power of one group, over another.
Tear them down.
Tear them all down. They were erected in hate, and now let them be brought down in justice for the nation. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only think that ever has." -Margaret Mead
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