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Our view: There is no room on the Coast for reminders of America’s dark past

A day after four Confederate monuments were removed from public spaces in Baltimore, they sit tarped in a city-owned lot Thursday awaiting their final destination.
A day after four Confederate monuments were removed from public spaces in Baltimore, they sit tarped in a city-owned lot Thursday awaiting their final destination. TNS File

We do not want any more Confederate monuments.

And Beauvoir should drop its request for all unwanted Confederate statues.

There is a reason that New Orleans, and Baltimore and city after city is taking steps to remove those statues.

They are nothing but unwanted reminders of one of the United States of America’s darkest hours. They are a reminder of the war fought to preserve slavery in the United States.

That was a war fought in the 19th century. This is the 21st century.

This is not about erasing anyone’s past. That stain on American history will never fade.

This is about refusing to constantly remind the descendants of America’s enslavement, subjugation and oppression the horrors their ancestors endured.

We ask those who say that’s a noble cause to put themselves, as best as they can, in the shoes of the enslaved, the oppressed, the people who were told throughout their lives that they were not fully human.

If they truly do that, they would have to agree — those monuments are not welcome on the Coast. It is time to let the past pass.

The editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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