It's summer vacation right now, and I want opinions from other people.
Well, I'll take a guess then. Statues and monuments are erected to celebrate, commemorate and honor people we think of as heroes. There is nothing heroic about people who declared war on the United States and lost that war which was for the main purpose of continuing to be able to own other human beings as property cause you simply don't consider them human. Most of these statues were not erected right after the Civil War but were built during the early 20th century during a period of intense hatred towards Southern blacks that included lynchings and church burnings and the rise of the Klan and probably were done largely as an F U to black people to remind them of their place even though rhey were "free".Some Southerners who see slavery and the pre Civil War period as "the good old days" erroneously complain that people are trying to wipe away their history. Well, no one is trying to do that. No history books are being changed, no one will ever forget or stop talking about the Civil War and the Confederacy. But there is no longer any reason to have monuments that celebrate these people or treat them as heroes for believing human beings should be able to own other human beings.I'm going to guess that is at least some of what your teacher might tell you.
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But you can still read it in history books. If you want to know about the Confederacy, you can go to so many websites and watch so many documentaries. Why do you need a monument to remind you?
Destroying a monument is the start. Hitler and the Nazis used similar tactics in the WW2 era, and it moved up to burning books and attempting to make sure that the past was forgotten. Despite all of the evidence that exists, there are people who deny that the Holocaust actually happened, that the earth is a sphere, that Covid-19 is real, etc.Pretending that the past didn't happen isn't going to change the fact that it did. Destroying monuments won't change it. The loss of info could allow someone else to capitalize on people's ignorance for his own gains... like Hitler and some other figures in the past did.