Readers Write: Sept. 4

Statues only memorialized soldiers’ service

Leave Confederate monuments alone. Leave alone memorials to the founders of our country like Washington and Jefferson. It appears this nation’s left has lost all touch with reality and decency and we can only hope an antidote of truth, honesty and integrity will stop the madness.

Anyone reading the inscriptions on Confederate monuments in all the town squares in Georgia will immediately realize that most of these monuments were made to memorialize the service of these soldiers and not for any other reason. For anyone to claim these monuments were erected in the cause of Jim Crow ignore the truth that because of a deeply damaging war and long-term financial discrimination against the South, it wasn’t until after about 1890 that Southern people could afford to honor their soldiers.

Why would anyone deny us the honor of memorializing our Confederate ancestors? And anyone who uses the word “treason” shows they are ignorant of the reasons for our nation and the provisions of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

ERNEST WADE, LOGANVILLE

Let’s not fall for fake history

In a recent letter to the editor, “Defacing statues shows ignorance,” Readers Write, Aug. 28, the writer claimed the defense of Virginia was not about slavery or white supremacy. This was Virginia defending itself from an invading army. Today there are history books that exclude any mention of the KKK and the Jim Crow laws; these books refer to slaves as workers. The state of Texas requires students to read the inauguration speech of President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America; there is no mention of the speech by Vice President Alexander Stephens, who wrote in 1861 that slavery was the “cornerstone” of the Confederacy.

The writer is promoting the “lost cause,” a rewriting of history.

DAVE FEDACK, DOUGLASVILLE

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