To the editor:
Pulling down statues is understandable but it would be better to add some: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, WEB DuBois etc. There are some statues that should have been pulled down a long time ago like Nathan Bedford Forest, founder of the Ku Klux Klan.
Pulling down statues of men like Robert E. Lee may be a mistake though. He is part of our history. Lee was wrong, not bad. Ignorant like so many others, but not evil. He had many fine qualities but he did make some big mistakes. His views on slavery were not that much different from Lincoln.
His wife, a great-grand daughter of Martha Washington, owned the slaves. Lee was not fighting to defend slavery, he was fighting to defend his home state of Virginia. So many of our Founding Fathers owned slaves. So did some free Black men before the Civil War.
As Lincoln once said, ”If slavery isn’t wrong, nothing is wrong.” We live the legacy of that wrong every day in this country and that is one good reason we should never erase our history, but face the truth of it. Even if it means leaving up some statues, while putting up others.
- Jim Turner, Fairfield