Prevent Removal of the Confederate Veterans Memorial from the Madison County Courthouse

Paul Lindgren
Paul Lindgren Huntsville, Alabama
432 Signatures Goal: 1,000

The Confederate Veteran's Memorial should remain on the grounds of the Madison County Courthouse.

We agree that flying the Confederate Battle Flag from state-owned grounds is contrary to the principles of racial, social and national reconciliation for which our state's forefathers have pledged a forbearance of arms. The flag means many things to many people, but in the best of intentions, actively flying a Confederate flag from state-owned grounds represents an animate symbol of rebellion, at worst a symbol of hate and racism.

We, however, disagree with a full heart for peace and a full mindfulness for our past that the Confederate Veteran's Memorial should be removed from the grounds of the Madison County Courthouse. It is apparent, prima facie, that this memorial was dedicated to the veterans who fought during the War Between the States, and not in celebration of those hurtful institutions for which the rebellious Southern states had fought for. Its representation is inanimate, its erection predates the reactionary and deliberately provocative revival of Confederate symbols during the Civil Rights movement, and its overall demeanor is that of humbly honoring the fallen ancestors of our county in muted solemnitude.

The current hysteria of whitewashing and removing all physical traces of our state's past of this dramatic era in our national evolution constitutes an ill-informed movement of cultural and social cleansing, none of which furthers, in any known measure, our ongoing struggle for economic justice, racial understanding and social progress. On the contrary, it deepens the wounds of our past, and threatens to conjure new resentments for a future in which the personal political satisfactions of a few can trump, with little reason, the public satisfactions of the many.

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  • Michelle H
    Michelle H United States, Knoxville
    Aug 22, 2017
    Aug 22, 2017
    This is my heritage. History is filled with good, bad, and everything in between. Statues are part of that. and they are also just stone and metal. We give them meaning and that is not static. Stop trying to naively reduce that 'meaning' to one narrative. We share narratives. Consider: What's the meaning of the US flag, the meaning of the pyramids, the meaning of the great wall of china? any one thing? Or think of it this way: A monument/memorial is a statue is a symbol is a piece of art is a piece of culture, fundamentally. There is more than one meaning or interpretation for each of these. ....also, since when did art become scary? Plenty of art is deemed offensive. Plenty of art in public government/local state funded spaces is offensive. Learn tolerance and chalk it up to bad taste if you disapprove.
  • Clyde Broadway
    Clyde Broadway United States, Scottsboro
    May 18, 2017
    May 18, 2017
    With the exception of the paragraph about the Confederate Battle Flag, I am in complete agreement with this statement. KEEP THE STATUE and the historical marker where they are!!!
  • Nobie Dupree
    Nobie Dupree United States, Terry
    May 18, 2017
    May 18, 2017
    It's all craziness. The US is going to Hell in a hand basket. We the people must take it back.
  • Christy L Vess
    Christy L Vess United States
    May 18, 2017
    May 18, 2017
    This is AMERICAN HISTORY. It had NOTHING to do with slavery. It had everything to do with protecting the southern states, and way of life, from northern aggression and freedom from taxation and industrialization. The men, women, and children who lost all DESERVE recognition and reverence for their sacrifices as they are, in fact, VETERANS. Removal of the historic monuments is a slap to the face of everybody and their descendants- myself included!
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    Michelle H United States
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    Clyde Broadway United States
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    Sheila Hamrick United States
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    Nobie Dupree United States
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    Colin Gordon United States
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    Christy L Vess United States
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    Deborah E Moorefield United States
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