No one wants to destroy history, but we want to get it right and place some of the monuments into museums or on private property.
We do not need to have more Confederate monuments than there are Union monuments. Who won the Civil War?
Every time we go to war, we change history.
The Constitution of the United States has changed throughout our history, It was designed to be changed. There have been 27 amendments added to the U.S. Constitution. Since 1789 there have been 37 states added to the union. Several wars were fought and the country expanded from sea to shining sea. The moment Christopher Columbus landed on these shores, history was changed.
If change did not occur, then progress would not be possible. If change did not occur then only white men with property would be able to vote, slavery would still exist, women still would not be able to vote, and African Americans and Native Indians would not be citizens.
History changes and so do streets, buildings and people.
Change is as American as apple pie.
It seems that the Confederate monuments have higher privilege than religious images to be on public property. There should be no doubt what the Confederacy stood for: It was more than states’ rights; they wanted to maintain a way of life that treated Blacks as slaves and property, disenfranchised women, and made native Indians foreigners in their own land.
Changing our laws is not changing history. It is what makes us more tolerant and stronger. Removing statues and monuments from public spaces does not destroy history any more than the wind changes the landscape. If it was not for Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership, we would probably be still using separate water fountains, sitting in the back of the bus, and going to separate schools.
We can do more than one thing at a time.
During the 50s and 60s people were able to do more than one thing at a time. There were problems with education, opportunities, hunger, crime, and education back then, and just like now, people asked Dr. King to take it slow, and not go too fast, and don’t cause trouble, let things be, but he persevered, Today, you have every right to express yourself.
It is time for the carving on Stone Mountain to be removed.
Sign the petition at www.change.org/p/change-or-remove-stone-mountain-confederate-carving.
Ed Williams is chairman of Concerned Citizens For Effective Government. He lives in Lithonia.