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Those numerous statues have not been standing over a hundred years.  A little history for you:

The statues memorializing the Confederate dead or the leading Confederate military figures of that era are nowhere near 100 years old. The Civil War ended in 1865.  Those monuments were erected predominantly in the early 1900s. The majority of those monuments were erected as part of the post-Reconstruction Southern initiative to suppress the gains achieved in the post-Civil War amendments to the Constitution, namely Amendments 13, 14, and 15, briefly described here:
 
Thirteenth Amendment1865outlaws slavery
Fourteenth Amendment1868grants citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to African Americans and slaves who were emancipated after the American Civil War
Fifteenth Amendment1870guarantees that the right to vote cannot be denied based on "race, color, or previous condition of servitude"
That suppression took form in the era of Jim Crow, as Southern states established and harshly enforced practices of racial segregation and adopted patently unconstitutional stratagems to deny Black citizens their right to vote. It was during this time that so many memorials to the Confederacy proliferated as visible icons of these racist initiatives.

 

I humbly stand corrected. The point I had in mind was that the majority of those memorials were erected long after the Civil War was over, whereas most memorials honoring a nation's fallen soldiers are erected much sooner following a war. From the third sentence on, I stand my ground.

Math never was my best subject.

@Jack Hammer posted:
Would anyone be upset if the 2000 thousand year old giant sequoia 
named "The General Sherman Tree" was nothing but a stump?
Stupidity just about always follows stupidity. I'm full crimson tide but
still pi$$ed about Toomer’s Corner live oak. Yeah, that sure showed
them.

If unblemished history is all that is allowed we won't have history at all. Take down all the statues of MLK and others....such as Rosa Parks. They were flawed people and Parks was a fraud. Ban abortions and close the clinics because Margaret Sanger... Lothrup Stoddard... and C. C. Little started the movement and were known racists.

 

The modern day abortion rights movement began as the American Birth Control League in 1921. Among its founding board members were Margaret Sanger, Lothrup Stoddard, and C. C. Little. The latter two people were known for their racist views, but Margaret Sanger continually shows up in the company of other racists. In fact, she was the guest speaker at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silverlake, N. J. in 1926.[1] Not only did she not disassociate herself from these racist views, her own writings leave little doubt as to her sympathies. In implementing a plan called the "Negro Project," that was designed to sterilize Blacks and reduce the number of Black children being born in the south, Sanger wrote:

"[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." 

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