Letters to the Editor: Confederates killed Americans and fought for slavery. Remove their names
A picture of George Floyd is projected onto the base of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia on June 8. (Associated Press)
To the editor: I have no problem removing statues and names celebrated by American traitors of the 19th century. The Confederates waged an armed uprising against the United States.
I visited many civil war battlefields, stood at the Bloody Angle in Gettysburg and looked over the field where the battle was fought on the third day. I thought what I was told about the area: that you can walk across this battlefield and you can't touch the ground because you walked on the bodies of people and horses.
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I have never heard of a country that fought horribly against a rebel army for four years and, after its defeat, erected monuments to the murderous traitors who instigated and immortalized the bloodshed that killed 620,000 Americans.
So yes, I have no problem removing Confederate Officer monuments from public space.
Marty Walsh, Lakeside, California.
To the editor: I say take down the Confederate statues, but leave the pedestal with Graffiti by Black Lives Matter on top. This would be a real monument to our time.
Margaret Parkhurst, Westchester
To the editor: The president has a problem kneeling during the national anthem because he doesn't respect our flag, our country, and our service members.
However, Confederate Generals can wage war against our flag, our country, and even kill our service members, and the President supports keeping their names on US military bases. These confederates were traitors and fought for the establishment of a non-democratic, racist nation that practiced human slavery.
This is another example of reconciliation for the slave owners, but not for the ex-slaves and their descendants.
Steven Jones, Eastvale, California.
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