The story of Confederate monuments is the story of the ongoing fight for racial justice as well as the struggle, by all southerners, to achieve first-class citizenship in a nation that promises equality for all.
Since 2015, Confederate monuments have been at the center of public debates and national politics. For some, these statues are symbolic of white supremacy and systemic racism, while others see them as benign objects of history and heritage. These divergent points of view did not recently emerge but have existed since the nineteenth century. Like the monuments themselves, they are set in stone. There is, simply put, no common ground.