I have to be honest here I certainly cannot understand the logic behind tearing down every single Confederate Memorial/Monument that is known to man. It is rather Naive and foolish to do so. Not to mention it is a degradation to the country. It is the same concept of banning the Confederate Flag. I certainly do not condone that War by any means nor am I choosing a side. I think what happened during that time was tragic and disgusting, but we shouldn't go around tearing down monuments just because the person supported Slavery. By doing so you are essentially saying that the Civil War was fought solely for slavery and that would be an inaccurate assessment. Also, you are indirectly saying that anyone that supported slavery should have their Memorials removed. The reason this concerns me so much is because it is the beginning of what could be a a dramatic over-liberalization of the country. Are we trying to make the entire country a cushioned safe space that has forgotten about free speech? What is the logic behind the tearing down of these sites? Is it because they " supported slavery " ? If that is the case then we have a lot of re-modeling to do when it comes to what needs to be taken down. Here is a list of Politicians who owned and supported slave owning ( with their actions ) : George Washington had over 317 slaves. Thomas Jefferson had over 600 slaves. James Madison had over 100 slaves. James Monroe had over 75 slaves. Andrew Jackson had more than 150 slaves. William Henry Harrison had over 11 slaves. John Tyler had over 70. James K Pol had over 25. Zachary Taylor had over 100. Andrew Johnson had over 10. Lastly, Ulysses S Grant ( Yes the Union Commanding General ). If we are using the same logic then I whole heartedly believe every single monument/memorial of anyone who has ever owned a slave ( even just one ) should be torn down and removed. Period. Not that I actually want that to happen, but I need to stress the irrational logic here... Now you may be saying, but they fought with the North they weren't supporting slavery, but it is kind of hard to say you don't support this or that when you are wholeheartedly engaged in the slavery practice. When is the date we first started tearing down Memorials here in the US? I would argue it wasn't until the last 5 years or so we started engaging in this. If this was truly such a huge concern would not the public have lashed out decades ago if not half centuries ago.... I believe they would have, but it wasn't a concern then. It wasn't even a concern until the few news media networks starting creating more and more race problems here in the country. This country does not have race problems and talking about it only perpetuates the falsehood that their is. When in reality their is not and really hasn't been much since the 70's. I am not saying I want to start tearing down every single memorial because of one thing these people did bad, but at least to bring some light to the Logic that is being used here. Furthermore, I believe the media and everyone else should stop labeling people by their race in news stories. If a police officer shoots an American citizen then it should be titled " Officer shoots unarmed citizen" not " White officer shoots unarmed Black man". What do you think is the goal of a title like that? If an African American Police Officer shot an unarmed white man we would not see the same inflammatory heading. It would be to the tone of " Officer shoots unarmed man ". I am simply trying to bring some light to the fact that majority of this country is being stirred up to resent and hate each other to negate the fact we have turned into an Imperialistic nation who invades countries at our own free will and kills innocent citizens indiscriminately. When can you ever really have a conversation with anyone under 30 about anything other than what is going on in this country? It is like they have no clue what is going on around the world and this allows a Government to politically move unencumbered. We need to get out of the Snow globe of a world we are living in here folks. I apologize in advance if this thread offends anyone that was not my intention. I am not trying to cause some type of race relation here on GC I am simply bringing up a point. I believe we are all the same and that race is an optical illusion. Thank you for your time.