The removal of Confederate monuments will not get rid of the great racial divide that is on display all across America. Bigotry, racism, prejudices, disenfranchisement of groups of people based strictly on skin color and economic station in life will still be an ugly part of America.
The removal of Confederate monuments will not stop how blacks are perceived and treated in the workplace all over America.
The removal of Confederate monuments will not stop how blacks are treated by police and the criminal justice system; when blacks are stopped more often than whites with or without a legitimate reason; when once they are in the justice system, they receive longer and harsher sentences and judgments than whites for the same or lesser offenses. This is commonplace in towns and cities all across America.
The removal of Confederate monuments will not stop the perpetuation of the education achievement gap where black children are still locked in poor inferior schools; where black children who are in racially integrated schools are disciplined and expelled at much higher rates than white children for the same behavior and infractions.
The removal of Confederate monuments will not rid this country of the entrenched racism, economic and educational disparities that are the real problems. The Confederate Flag, monuments of generals that fought to maintain slavery and the southern way of life, committing acts of treason in the process, are just symptomatic of the racial problem that remains in America. Removing those symbols will only be a surface fix.
The removal of Confederate monuments will not erase the ugly history of America, and more importantly, the bane of evil that still remains as seen in the resurgence and boldness of white supremacy and blatant expressions of racial hatred.
Only facing this scourge, confronting it, and actively taking the necessary steps to make things better will have lasting meaning.
Sadly, even then, there will be those who will stay stuck in the false sense of racial superiority that is merely a relic of America’s past.
Yes, Confederate flags and monuments are historical relics that too many are trying to preserve not because of their place in America’s history, but in an attempt to on determine America’s future.
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