Robert E. Lee Opposed Confederate Monuments And Memorials

Submitted by: thunderbear 1 month ago in News & Politics


According to this PBS article, Lee never wanted such monuments built, so...

"I think it wiser," the retired military leader wrote about a proposed Gettysburg memorial in 1869, "not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, and to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered." Illustration: Maddox 
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Male 472
History and culture argument is invalid. The losers of wars don't get monuments. The south lost the war and their causes have been explicitly removed from the nation via the Constitution. 

There are still many people in the southern states that are backwards and offensive to the rest of the nation, but they lost the war 150 years ago and do not get to make a martyr of their mistakes. 

Frankly, I am surprised it has taken this long to address.
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Male 1,871
Did Slavery and the civil war magically fucking UN-Happen now because some snowflake bitches ripped down a statue?  NOPE!!!  

 I'm a little stressed and could use a blow job.
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Male 2,221
Look, the Confederate supporters are confused enough. Don't ruin their day with the truth.
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Male 1,687
Zeegrr60 Confused about what a lot of the people you assume are supporting the Confederates are not there supporting history, of a all American conflict that happen What for it "150 years ago" To take down these monuments at this time is just revisionist trying to wipe out the reality of the war. How many times did you walk past one and never think twice about it? It helps to remind us of a bad time in the U.S. and should be used to reminded us that we can make mistakes and we have to strive to be fair and racially blind, we are one people and we need to remember that use, them to teach a lesson not divide the country.
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Male 2,221
casaledana No shithead, it's the removal of a symbol of traitors who couldn't win at anything. Nothing makes me laugh harder than when some idiot yells "The south's gonna do it again", because I always answer-"Yep, they gonna Lose!". Clown...

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Male 4,155
What is often overlooked is that the Union actually built a lot of the Confederate monuments.
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Male 7,943
trimble

To examine this argument, we turned to Barton Myers, an associate professor of history at … wait for it … Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Va.
When and why were these statues erected in the first place?


“It really comes in three phases.


“Most of the monuments [went] up around the 50-year anniversary mark of the American Civil War, which corresponds to veterans’ organizations meetings and the Jim Crow period of American history. Many of those monuments are directly related to the ‘lost cause’ mythology and the effort to reestablish firm white supremacy, and even the rise of the second order of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.


“Then there’s a second wave of monuments that come and spike during the civil rights movement, but also the centennial period, which was a very celebratory moment during John F. Kennedy’s administration, looking at the American Civil War and reunion as a celebratory moment in American history.


“And then there was a third wave of monuments that has come within the last 30 or 40 years, that are predominantly markers on battlefields designed to either honor veterans of the war that are Confederates or actually interpret the specific places of units on battlefields.”



Let's not allow reality and facts fuck up your opinion though right?

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Male 4,155
normalfreak2 Well, the ones I was referring to were built shortly after the war after Lincoln pardoned the entire Confederacy and they were beginning the reconciliation. No question about the ones you refer to.
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Male 1,511
Nope! He was a racist bigot so everything he says is invalid. 
(the above was sarcasm for those that can't tell the difference anymore)
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Male 9,769
squidbush Well, I mean, he led his troops on raids to capture freed slaves and return them to the south, so I mean, that requires a little racism no?
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Male 1,746
holygod Nope, he was just following orders. He was an honorable man who fought for his Union. Honorable men never question the orders they are given, and will do anything unethical so long as it follows the proper chain of command. He, and all Confederates, were the real unsung heroes of the Civil War.
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Male 2,221
bliznik Would you be so kind as to pull your head from your ass? In today's military, you can question orders that seem, well, stupid. The confederates and nazis should have used discretion, or at the very least, common sense. I can see where you might have some trouble with that concept.

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Male 2,221
bliznik The Nazis were just following orders....

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Male 3,425
bliznik we all need more fiber in our diets
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Male 3,425
huh imagine that
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