I feel like in our current age we have a different view of the world than we had back in the time of the Civil War. There was a massive division in America that yielded nothing but bloodshed. We can honor Confederate military leaders for their success in battle but we can't overlook their beliefs. In this day and age, their beliefs offend many people. They have become a reminder of the dark time in our history where our nation was divided and racism was everywhere. Their history can be shared in other ways. They don't need to have a statue in their honor.
The civil war is our history. It was also about more than slaves (although that was a major part of the war). The confederates were also fighting for state rights. We have to share our history with the next generations. And by taking the statues down we are denying the generations to come the right to know. If they don't know our mistakes how are they supposed to learn from them.
Taking down a stupid statue is a complete waste of money and time. We cannot focus on this, especially now! We need to pay more attention to better topics, like education, war, and poverty. Taking down the confederate statues won't help anyone. People need to stop whining about this and think about something worth our time and money.
I find it pathetic that while there are shootings going on, possible war between north korea, and people dying by the thousands in Africa, we are worried about statues. They represent history, and are falsely accused. Robert E. Lee was an abolitionist, and he is seen as a racist. I'm not justifying the south, but if you feel offended by the statues, put them in a museum or something, don't destroy the valuable pieces of history.
Just like any other statue, confederate statues are used to represent something. In this case, they represent progression. Yes, these men owned slaves and yes, these men supported slavery. However, as a nation we have progressed from that. Today African Americans are free people. Stop living in the past and look at what we are now as a nation. Besides, removing the statues would be costly. Why not use that money for something more important?