YOUR VIEW: Non-Confederate statue removal isn't 'logical'

Published on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:28
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To the Editor:

The James Hohmann opinion piece [Sept. 12, 2021, Herald/Press] regarding the removal of Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond claimed those who worried about the “slippery slope” that would not confine the removal of statues to those historical figures supporting the Confederacy were engaging in a “logical fallacy.”

Yet since 2018 statues honoring Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson and William McKinley, Founding Father Caesar Rodney of Delaware, explorers Lewis and Clark, and a myriad of others not part of or associated with the Confederacy have been removed by local and state governments.

Whether or not one agrees with the removal of any individual statue it is far from a “logical fallacy” to argue that the removal of historic statues has gone far beyond removing “Confederate iconography.”

Francis Rexford Cooley


Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:28. Updated: Wednesday, 20 October 2021 13:31.