Susan Veld’s letter, “Get over anger over Confederacy,” is insulting not only to African-Americans but to anyone with common decency and a fair mind. No one is “tearing down” statues; they are being moved to museums where they have always belonged.
You can say that these Confederate symbols stand for heritage and free will against the government, but there is no doubt that racists have taken up these symbols to promote hate and white superiority. These symbols have no place on government and public property due to the fact that they glorify a time of bloodshed and violence against America over the right to own African-American men and women as slaves.
By being placed in museums and other appropriate places, these Confederate statues are no longer being glorified and instead can offer an opportunity to learn about mistakes and help us move toward understanding each other in a country at the brink of division once again.
Hemphill P. Pride II