This doesn’t mean white supremacist memorials to Confederate leaders should be preserved, but it does mean white supremacist memorials to Jefferson, Washington, and many more will ultimately have to go, as well. We glorify a so-called revolution that served largely to maintain the structural oppression of millions of people.
This is a tough pill for a lot of Americans to swallow, but we cannot confront and learn from our history if we keep hiding in the shadows cast by the memorials of wicked men. Meaningful change may start with tearing down icons of Confederate evil, but it doesn’t end there.
Well, it won’t be a tough pill to swallow, because it will never happen, of course.
Reasonable people do not insist that individuals in the past live up to the standards of the present. To believe otherwise requires the erasure of virtually all of history.
They are relevant because the Revolutionary War was as much about protecting the institution of slavery from the rise of abolitionism throughout the British Empire as it was about resentment toward taxation without representation.
This is, of course, utter nonsense. The RW was driven from the northern colonies who repudiated slavery, and accepted the slavery present in the the South only reluctantly.