Common sense on Confederate statues
Like other cities, Dallas is having its own debate over Civil War statues. However, we may be the first to show some common sense on the topic.
Let's hope others follow the example of some African-American leaders in our area:
The debate about Confederate statues in Dallas intensified on Monday as a group made up of predominantly African
Americans called for the monuments to remain standing.
Several cities across America have now begun to remove or talk about removing Confederate markers shortly after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly.
Former city council member Sandra Crenshaw thinks removing the statues won't help.
"I'm not intimidated by Robert E. Lee's statue. I'm not intimidated by it. It doesn't scare me," said Crenshaw. "We don't want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this."
Crenshaw, along with some Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans are coming together to help protect the Confederate markers from toppling over in Dallas.
They feel the monuments, like the Freedman's Cemetery, tell an important story and help heal racial wounds.
"Some people think that by taking a statue down, that's going to erase racism," said Crenshaw.
Like many other cities, Dallas is a blue island in a deep and large red ocean. Therefore, it does not surprise me that Democrats in many of these cities are pandering to their base with these overtures to remove Confederate symbols. I guess it is simpler to tear down Robert E. Lee statues than to do something about minority districts with lousy public schools, bad economic growth, and rampant crime.
Congratulations to Sandra Crenshaw for bringing some sense into this debate.
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