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Confederate monuments have to go

We need to stop showcasing things that represent hate

Caddo Parish Confederate Monument in Shreveport Louisiana. This monument is one of the many that is being considered to be taken down.

Caddo Parish Confederate Monument in Shreveport Louisiana. This monument is one of the many that is being considered to be taken down.

Sharon Sanchez, Staff Writer

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Some U.S. monuments are sparking controversy over the country due to their names or representations.
Many Confederate monuments, such as of the late President Jefferson Davis are being removed around the country.
Due to just how controversial and dangerous the debate has become, crews wearing masks and protective helmets removed these monuments late at night without announcing.
Confederate Monuments that were once seen as pride-worthy symbols are now being viewed as racist and could possibly be perpetuating white supremacy.
“I get that it’s a part of history, but it’s racist so why is it still allowed,” junior, Danielle Barrett said.
While these statues might have been appropriate at the time, they have no place in the present.
It’s important to acknowledge our past mistakes so we’ll never repeat them.
However, it’s not just a small reminder. These monuments are still being showcased out there for everyone to see.
They’re sending a racist message to the public. We express our knowledge about historical events by teaching them and learning them in school.
Most of us will never really know how much people had to deal with when it came to discrimination and humiliations in the past.
Not only is this a reminder of past discriminations because of color, but in a way, it still encourages racism.
According to the New York Times, New Orleans has taken down four monuments due to threatening demands.
With a significant amount of protests going on in the area, it was the wisest decision they could have made.
The monuments would be best relocated in a historical place to be seen for their historical significance.
The confederate states had a majority of support back in the 1800s, but as time has passed, we have become more enlightened. .
People want to take down more these prominent statue figures without a sweat or a slightest hint of regret. It wouldn’t really be a surprise if people keep threatening to take action to put an end to the confederate monuments still standing.
“I don’t see a problem with it because it’s a part of American history,” junior Blake Wyatt said.
However, there are many others people who think strongly about the importance of confederate monuments and how they should stay being displayed.
There are also others who simply could not care less, or just view the statues as an important part of history.
These people disregard the feelings of others because they think it’s no big deal.
However, it is important to show how much of a big change America has undergone. Every day shouldn’t be a step backwards, but another step forward and demolishing the Confederate monuments is doing just that.
In 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson was passed, which made it legal for people to be separated based on race. Around that same time, lynching was seen as appropriate, and a punishment to use unjustly against African Americans.
These were probably the same type of people to think that putting these monuments up was a good idea. They wanted to put confederate figures that stood for all the racist ideals of the South on pedestals for everyone to see.
It is ridiculous that some people have to deal with these unnecessary reminders of old and disgusting ideals represented by some statues until just recently.
It is about time something is done about these tragic symbols of a terrible past.
In an ideal world, things would be done with a much softer approach towards the removal of the figures, but sometimes the best way to change something is by taking action, even if that goes beyond threats and protests.
People that feel the need for all of the confederate statue removals have every right to support this movement.
The desire to restore and keep the statues is also valid. Whether or not people agree with the significance or insignificance of this controversial argument about the statues, it is right to say that everyone has different opinions, but it’s also important to recognize what needs to be changed in order for things to move forward towards a positive outcome.
The infamous statues have no place being kept standing are a society that has overcome many issues, and for the most part, problems involving discrimination towards race are not as much of an issue as they used to be.
That in no way means that we have done everything that needs to be done. The confederate statues are just one more obstacle that must be surpassed in order to move forward as a society.

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