Letters to the Editor

No defense for statues

Take Back Cheapside activists, standing behind the statue of John C. Breckinridge, supported removal of the Confederate statues in Cheapside Park.
Take Back Cheapside activists, standing behind the statue of John C. Breckinridge, supported removal of the Confederate statues in Cheapside Park.

I thank Mayor Jim Gray and the Urban County Council for their actions regarding the Confederate monuments.

It’s not about former President Barack Obama. It’s not about “preserving” history. It’s not about the soldiers who fought for the Confederacy.

It’s about the rights of people of color to live in a society free of reminders that slavery and white supremacy are still revered and celebrated in their country. Yes, it is their country, too.

We have disregarded and marginalized our neighbors for too long. Until we all face that fact, we will never have a future, only a past endlessly repeating itself.

On this issue, you are either with white supremacists and the heavily armed Nazis marching in defense of these statues because they represent white supremacy and slavery, or you are in opposition to that ideology.

The Urban County Government has decided to stand on the right side of history because America is not a country for whites only, and there are no good Nazis.

It’s time for people to take off their “Gone With the Wind” blinders and recognize the Confederacy for what it was: an attempt to destroy the United States in defense of white supremacy, slavery and the oligarchy of King Cotton.

Bring them all down.

J. David Hollingsworth

Versailles

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