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Slippery slope! Should we take down statues of slave owner George Washington? or racist Abraham Lincoln? We will be left with no monuments!
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This is the most sophisticated argument against taking down the statues, but still misguided.
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If we take down Confederate monuments do we have to take down other monuments as well?
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The answer is: it depends on the monument.
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What was the intention of the monument, what does it represent, and to whom?
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Whether we remove the monument depends on accurately debating these questions.
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Washington and Lincoln were flawed men yet their monuments do not celebrate their flaws, but their Greatness.
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Washington represents the struggle for a nation founded on the idea that all men created are equal. That is what is being celebrated. Not slavery.
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Lincoln represents the abolition of slavery and the salvage of our Union. Not slavery.
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It's not difficult to make the distinction between celebrating these achievements versus celebrating the leadership and military of a state founded to defend the institution of slavery.
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This is a debate we will have because the truth is America has not come to terms with many of the abuses committed throughout its history.
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And so we will keep the monuments celebrating the Good about this country and move to museums those which celebrate the flaws.
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Also, if our concern is an accurate measure of history, we should consider building more monuments to those that have been harmed by our difficult progress towards our own Ideals.
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