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Bryan Stevenson Talks Confederate Monuments, Justice, and Repentance

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  1. Larry says:

    I am white and grew up in the South during the 1950s. I went to church every Sunday and for me Christ was real. This allowed me to observe what the culture was doing and classify it as wrong. But growing up in the South led me to respect Southern soldiers worthy of respect. Lee was a noble person though wrong on slavery. I put him in the same group as Rommel and Yamamoto great soldiers, though they fought for the other side. Are people to stop honoring such people because they were enemies? I can separate the flawed philosophy that supported slavery from the actions of the person. A Civil War museum just recently shut its doors when a black politician told it to remove Confederate flags. How do you discuss the Civil War if such references are not allowed? I cannot help to think that there is a push to purify the past like the Taliban did.

    1. george canady says:

      Larry,
      Surely you are not you are not suggesting Germany should force Jews in Germany to say nothing about a Rommel Monument in their neighborhood because he was a “noble person” in defending Hitler’s Ideology ? I would think we the church might be more empathetic to the survivors of such a hideous Ideology.
      Perhaps many of us whites do not see slavery and Jim Crow the same as the jewish holocaust because the church justified the American torture of blacks.

      1. Critz George says:

        Since Rommel was among the conspirators of the assassination attempt against Adolph Hitler, and was forced to commit suicide because of it, it seems apparent that he served to defend the German nation, not to defend Hitler’s ideology. But loyalty to nation is not sufficient for respect either, His legendary care for troops under his command, his insistence on respectful treatment of POWs, and his cleverness on the battlefield are worthy of respect in the military context.

        The problem with Robert E Lee was that he defended Virginia’s secession that was for the central purpose of preserving slavery (to resist the oppression of slaveholding states). He had many family members who stood by the Union, so he was exposed to other ideas. He also was a slaveholder himself, overruled his father-in-law’s will provision to free the family’s slaves, and was very much captured by the groupthink of Southern society in regards to the inferiority of the negro. That is not to say that he was any more guilty than others, but just that he did not rise to the highest moral precepts available at the time. If you want a monument to conflicting aspects, good and bad, of one human personality, Lee might be it.

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