There’s more and more discontent in regards to Confederate-era statues around the country and Texas is starting to see it’s share of it… but this story has a twist. A group of citizens, mainly composed of African Americans, have made a call for the monuments to remain standing in Dallas.
With the people of Dallas, Texas behinding her, former city council member Sandra Crenshaw also believes that removing the statues will not help any matters.
“I’m not intimidated by Robert E. Lee’s statue. I’m not intimidated by it. It doesn’t scare me,” said Crenshaw. “We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this.”
Crenshaw, along with members of Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans have banded together to try and save their own monuments from being removed stating that they believe these monuments tell an important story, and an important lesson of our own history as Americans that we should never forget.
“Some people think that by taking a statue down, that’s going to erase racism,” said Crenshaw. “Misguided.”
Of course it’s a given that not everyone agrees with these sentiments. Take City council member Philip Kingston, he says “What we don’t do is leave up a monument that celebrates the very idea that some of us are not equal to the others.”
“These monuments distort history, they don’t teach history,” said Kingtson.
Now, he’s looking to create a “task force” to help decide the fate of these monuments. He’s even proposed a resolution which states that these should not, at the very least, be on public land.
Firing back, Crenshaw stated that the removal of Confederate-era statues and monuments does nothing to help with real change. “I’m very, very saddened by those people, particularly the African Americans, who are leading this agenda. There is a democratic process,” said Crenshaw.
This predominately black group in Dallas gets it. We don’t put up statues and monuments just to worship them. (that issue is taken up in the Bible).
We put them up to remember our history, our struggles, how far we’ve come and how far we’ve grown. Taking down all of the statues removes all of that.
And you should understand the purpose of that.
What do you think? Should these statues and monuments be removed?