From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet:
One thing 2017 will likely be remembered for is the war over the Charlottesville statue commemorating the best-known Confederate figure from the US Civil War, Robert E. Lee.
The Confederacy’s president, Jefferson Davis, may have less name recognition than Lee. Given that one of the secession grievances was the desire to keep African Americans enslaved, it’s no wonder that, with the passage of time, many people have begun to wonder why Lee, a slave owner, was treated as a hero.
And the political fad for removing or vandalizing statues has spread. Recently, a statue of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, was vandalized in Montreal. MacDonald was legendary as a drunk and, like most people of his day, he held views that would not be popular now. But if Sir John A. is our idea of a world-class tyrant, something is seriously wrong with the way we learn and understand history. Before we destroy any more statues or works of art, let’s talk about some of the issues. More.