It is sad that there is even a conflict about the removal of the Confederate Monument from the front of the courthouse. We must face our history and the need for support at last for ethical responses.
Have we forgotten that the Civil War was a function of the desire of slaveholders to continue their totally irresponsible and unethical behavior. They were willing to kill millions of their fellow citizens. Such shameful behavior should not be rewarded.
My father’s family lived in Mississippi but were not slaveholders. Two of my great grandfathers were forced into the military against their will. Fortunately both survived.
This was one of the saddest moments in our history. I do not need to go into the abuses and the horrors of that era. Our ethics should demand that we stop elevating these people as if they were heroes. The statue in front of our courthouse should be removed to a museum.
Roger B. Burt, Ph.D