TO THE EDITOR:
The Sept. 19 column “Removing all statues? Not so fast” demonstrates historical ignorance and an alarming lack of moral scrutiny.
The first half condemns Confederate soldiers for both treason and fighting for slavery, even if specific soldiers were not themselves slaveholders.
The author then claims that he does not “write this column to belittle the issue of racism, or slavery especially” yet in the subsequent paragraph asserts that “the movement toward condemning Silent Sam and similar monuments as racist statuary” is “too much of a reach.”
This claim ignores Julian Carr’s Silent Sam dedication speech, in which he recalls how he “horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds.”