Chiseled in Stone: Exploring Meanings of Confederate Statues in Virginia

Floyd Monument Side (2)

(Credit: Alan Graf)

Statues set in stone signify a sense of eternity.  But that view is changing rapidly as recent events demonstrate.

A Virginia Tech sociologist has been exploring how people in communities with Confederate statues relate to them today.

Robbie Harris spoke to her.

  1. #1 by Michael S. Kogan, Ph.D. on July 30, 2020 - 1:06 pm

    The shameful removal of monuments honoring those men and boys who gave their lives to defend our Southland against the invader, reveals the ignorance of history that dominates this moment in time. The South acted, under the rights reserved for the states in the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, to voluntarily withdraw from a voluntary Union the states had created. Secession was not treason. That is why Jefferson Davis was not tried for treason. The victorious Union knew they could never get a conviction. These were Southern men of honor who had no desire to overthrow the Federal Government, but only to leave in peace, which was their Constitutional right. The slavery issue as a motivation for the War was only invented in 1863, when Lincoln issued the totally ineffective “Emancipation Proclamation,” which freed not a single slave, but transformed a war of aggression against the Southern states, into a war of liberation. This was a cynical political act with the sole purpose of keeping Great Britain from intervening on the Southern side. Today, the War, and virtually everything else, is seen through the narrow lens of “race.” This single visioned distortion of history prevents the ignorant from understanding the complexities of both past and present, and has led to this orgy of vengeance and violence against our memorials to dead heroes.

    Prof. Michael S. Kogan, Ph.D.

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