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Any decision to remove controversial statues should reflect the voters' opinions. For this reason, it is best to allow states to make this decision independently.
According to the US Constitution's 10th Amendment, "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." As a founding principle of our nation, this amendment ensures that states can make some decisions independently, without intervention from the federal government. States have made independent decisions about the removal of symbols in the past. After the horrific mass church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, state officials chose to remove the Confederate flag from their Statehouse lawn. Recently, they removed a statue of John C. Calhoun from Marion Square.  These decisions prove that states are entirely capable of assessing the merit of statues and then choosing to remove or preserve them. Our nation's founders knew this and trusted that state officials would use this power wisely, listening to the voices of their constituents and acting on their behalf. States' rights are an essential aspect of our government: we must not weaken them because of this issue. For this reason, we must allow states to make this decision independently.
[P1] Because of the US government's structure, individual states have the right to make decisions independently. The Constitution's 10th Amendment ensures this arrangement. [P2] In the past, states have made decisions about controversial statues on their own, without intervention from the federal government. [P3] For this reason, we should leave decisions about controversial statues up to individual states.