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Should Confederate statues be taken down?

A lot of people who would automatically answer the question with a firm no, without considering perspective of the opposing side. I believe that the Confederate statues should stand. The figures symbolize a horrendous part of our history, but it is there to remind that these things should never happen. A nation that remembers is a nation that is great. It gives us an opportunity to be able to actually see how far we have gone, how much we have evolved. It gives us a reason to stand for equality, for a chance to redeem ourselves.

Recently, a surge of protests has arisen across the country. They began in the controversial city of Charlottesville, when right wing extremists had a rally challenging the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee, prominent Confederate general. These “non-violent” protests turned into riots when counter-protesters appeared and the rally began triggering brawls.

On August 12, a rally,”Unite the Right”, was scheduled to be attended by Neo-Nazis, KKK and other ultra-right nationalists. They came yielding clubs and shields, prepared with chemical sprays and holster guns. A truck was intentionally driven into counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring even more. Many more violent gatherings, shootings and protests have become what Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls “domestic terrorism”. This is the result of old chunks of metal and stone.

Many people will argue that statutes are a symbol of slavery and white supremacy. But it actually doesn’t appear that way to the majority of people, instead it represents “southern pride” according to Vox. The monuments are a part of the culture, bad or not, it has affected them. If we remove them, we will be erasing a part of history. Even if history is bad, it should be there to teach a lesson. “As long as” statues are not for a “racist uprising” and a promotion of brutality, “these statutes should stand” said Eric Pan, ninth grader.

But with pride, comes prejudice. Confederate symbols have become representations of civil disruption. Many insurgencies of supremesims have been correlated to Confederate statues. Supremacism and racism is not by nature, but by nurture. It is formed from a lack of diversity and culture, a ignorance of other races and a blind environment. A relevant childhood for everyone, is not the beliefs and opinions of your guardians, it is determining the truth and thinking on your own. “Advocates of Confederate history and nostalgia” often use statues “as a stance for a racist notion” said Martin Ortega, a social science teacher.

We must no longer be misinformed about the world, don’t just eat up everything anyone tells you without researching about it yourself. Learn to think, think to learn.

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