It's weird to you that statues matter so much.
Imagine with me being a black man, for a moment. You're walking into a court-room, both the symbol and implementation of "justice" in your land, and you have to walk past the statue of a general who QUITE LITERALLY FOUGHT A WAR to keep you enslaved. What message must that be sending?
If we care about our black brothers and sisters at all, it's time to temper southern pride with a little bit of southern repentance.
Ron Reagan famously said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
I agree completely with what Krauthammer says about "the original sin of slavery" in this video.
The hue and cry of American citizens who suffered under STATE-MANDATED oppression until the end of the 1960's is that it has been long enough. The message is: "Mr. President, tear down these statues."
I don't have to like it. I don't have to get it. I have to be empathetic enough: no, HUMAN enough,to understand their desire to put an end to this symbology, and this REALITY.
If that means taking down statues, fine.
If that means changing who's on the dollar bill, fine.
We must acknowledge the original sin of slavery in this country,and we must finally take steps to genuinely turn from that legacy.