“Let the dead bury the dead,” but in this case the dead continues to haunt the present in the form of old battles over symbols of the Civil War.
It’s occurring across the country, but especially in the South as opponents and supporters battle over whether to display confederate monuments, remove the names of former confederate leaders from public building, or if confederate flags should be flown in public spaces. In North Carolina, there are several fights over erasing the name of segregationists leaders from university buildings. Is this “whitewashing” the past? Or as many young African-American students argue it is refusing to praise the racist practices and public figures from the Jim Crow era. Students at several campuses in North Carolina are fighting to have the name of former segregationists Gov. Charles B. Aycock removed a university building.
Texas students are also fighting to have the statue of Jefferson Davis removed from their campus. However the number of sites in Texas, on public and private land that seek to recognize confederate history, is growing. Supporters claim the right to memorialize confederate heroes, whereas, others see statues and flags of the Civil War era as reminders of an era of racism and oppression. The Texas Historical Commission is considering the applications for over 1,000 locations that want to honor the confederate dead.
The controversy continues. The issue is a hot topic across the country from Colorado — where high school students posed with confederate flags and automatic weapons — to California.