At Abbeville Institute, a recent article was published entitled, “What Are Symbols For?”
Interestingly, it quotes the following from Brown University History Professor Megan Kate Nelson:
I would like to propose that Confederate memorials should neither be retained nor removed: They should be destroyed, and their broken pieces left in situ.
On a scheduled day, a city government or university administration would invite citizens to approach a Confederate memorial, take up a cudgel, and swing away. The ruination of the memorial would be a group effort, a way for an entire community to convert a symbol of racism and white supremacy into a symbol of resistance against oppression.
Historians could put up a plaque next to the fragments, explaining the memorial’s history, from its dedication day to the moment of its obliteration. A series of photographs or a YouTube video could record the process of destruction. These textual explanations may be unnecessary, however. Ruins tend to convey their messages eloquently in and of themselves. In this case, the ruins of Confederate memorials in cities across the nation would suggest that while white supremacists have often made claims to power in American history, those who oppose them can, and will, fight back.
Mind you, this is also quoted over at prominent “historian” Kevin M. Levin, who references his “good friend” Megan Kate Nelson’s statements (which evidently appeared in Civil War Times). Read it at Turning Confederate Monuments into Ruins. Mr. Levin’s blog unfortunately delights in cutting down those who support our veterans in favor of his own narrow beliefs. For example, Levin recently derided Frank Ernest on December 7, 2018 by saying Mr. Ernest and all “Lost Causers” needed to be relegated to the “Trash Bin”. Ernest, who is the chief of heritage defense for the Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans, was also predictably dogmatically dismissed by the Washington Post in the November 28, 2018 article Sins of the Fathers: The Confederacy was Built on Slavery).
Levin happily notes at the end of his piece on Ernest by stating how “these people” are growing weaker and weaker with age, and that it’s time to move on – which is very ageist of him to do so. But if I may, Mr. Levin, not all of us in the Sons of Confederate Veterans are gray-haired and ready to move on. We’re a respected veterans organization that seeks to remember our American Veterans and their contributions to our communities. We’re young, middle aged, and elderly. We’re white, hispanic, native American, African American and more. Unlike folks like Levin and Nelson, we are not constrained by such rigid intolerances.