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CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS: Should Confederate Monuments Be Displayed?
Should Confederate monuments be displayed? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.
Confederate monuments are symbols of southern pride and heritage, honoring the valor and courage of Confederate soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Civil War, and should be displayed on public property. It is wrong to vilify symbols that many people value just because a misguided few have misappropriated their meaning.
Confederate symbols represent racism, hate, and treason. Confederate monuments have become inextricably tied to slavery, white supremacy, segregation, and discrimination against African Americans. Displaying Confederate symbols on public property endorses a harmful ideology that perpetuates the errors of the past.
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