Thursday, August 10, 2017

Should Confederate Monuments Be Removed In Dallas?


An homage to Confederate heritage, or relics of a lost rebellion?

That question is at the center of the ongoing debate in Dallas over whether the city's Confederate monuments should continue standing or be removed from public spaces.

A protest Thursday in front of the Confederate Memorial downtown drew people from both sides.

"To me it's history. It's a part of the Americas and for them to say '(The Confederacy) fought on the wrong side of history,' they weren't there to determine that. My family did what they thought was right," said a man carrying the Confederate flag who would only identify himself as Daniel.

Nearly two dozen protesters stood in solidarity before the memorial imploring city leaders to tear them down. The group included members of the clergy and academics.

"The message of these monuments was one of defiance. These monuments rose as Jim Crow laws straight-jacketed African-Americans," said Dr. Michael Phillips, a Dallas historian.

Phillips created a petition calling for the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces in Dallas and for Dallas ISD schools named after Confederate icons to be changed.

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