About statues - this is a tough one for me to think through. As a kid my dad took me to all the historic stuff like museums, monticello, williamsburg, etc and near our house was the battle of new market. Actually where he lives now is about a mile from the battle of cross keys, and the church I attended as a kid was basically on the battlefield. The rival high school was Turner Ashby High, named after a southern civil war general. My high school was named after a politician who was also a slave owner. Anyway, at the battle of new market there is now a museum and something called the "Hall of Valor" which is a monument commemorating the bravery of VMI cadets who fought at new market and died. I've been to that museum a bunch of times. http://www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/about-the-battle/ So why remove statues? It almost seems like we are trying to nerf the world for the eggshell plaintiff. But in reality the way I see the civil war is not the way everybody sees it. I see it as a historical novelty made all the more fascinating by its brutality and heartbreak. I don't associate it with slavery at all, because I adopted the half-truth that the civil was was about states rights to succeed from the union. But to say that slavery wasn't THE key issue dividing the states and driving the wedge is a lie. Slavery and the economics it created was what the south was fighting for, not some lofty political theory about the right to leave the country and make your own new one. Now its true the soldiers and generals who actually did the fighting and dying were not all slave owners and some probably were personally against slavery, but it doesn't change the fact that the war itself was fought to preserve slavery. The enslaved people, who continued to be hunted down and murdered by the klan well into the 60's, and who to this day are shot by cops at an alarming rate, probably see the civil war differently than I do. If I were black I might still be interested in the historic novelty of the war, but I probably wouldn't been to keen on glorifying its heros.