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Sorry, Mr. William Denham, but your implication in a May 23 letter that statues, monuments, roads named after Confederate generals such as Nathan Bedford Forrest and Robert E. Lee should not be taken down is wrong. When the South rebelled against and seceded from the rest of the states, they committed an act of treason. Trying to justify slavery, by saying everyone did it or that some slave owners treated their slaves well does not make it right. Slavery was an act of racism — it was the exploitation of the people of another race. Many believed in the comment: Black is inferior, White is superior. Unfortunately, many people still believe this.

Southerners realized that slavery was necessary for the economy of the South. Why do you think Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves? He freed the slaves to destroy the economy of the South. Without slave labor, plantations could not operate. Without plantations, the South no longer had the money to finance the war. War over. Even Robert E. Lee wanted no flags flown at his funeral and I’m sure he would want no roads or monuments named in his honor. Information about the Confederacy and its generals should be read in history books and displayed in museums. Confederate flags, statues, monuments have no place in public display. Take them down.

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Terry Gartner

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