nihil-fiat replied to your post: Honestly Robert E Lee would probably never have…
… right, because it was merely a statue of him, not of the heroism and sophistication he, as a man, represented.
Look, Robert E. Lee had a lot of heroic traits, but the most heroic was his capability to admit when he was wrong–he surrendered in order to save American lives, accepted his disgrace and showed shame and humility, and continually expressed regret for his actions.
Removing memorials of him that people look to as a form of “Southern Pride” and “Our Great Heritage” is a means of honoring his decisions not as a treasonous general who led Americans to kill other Americans, but as the human being who saw what he’d done wrong and wanted to actually make things better.
History is very often built on interpreting a historical figure in a way that serves a living person’s ends and ambitions (Jesus Christ of Nazareth and Mohammed being two of, if not the, most prolific examples of such); much as with the two aforementioned individuals, though, I’m pretty sure Robert E. Lee would just be burying his head in his hands if he saw what people were doing “in his name”.
Or he would be doing this: