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Should confederate monuments be removed? Show more Show less

Whether or not confederate monuments should be removed is hotly debated. On one hand, confederacy has a negative history. Automatically, it’s associated with slavery and Civil War. On the other hand, confederate monuments are simply a representation of history. Shouldn’t all history, good or bad, be put on display?

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Confederate monuments represent a very painful history. They shouldn’t be allowed to be flaunted around.
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Confederate monuments are a representation of slavery

Slavery was a horrible time in history. It was a time where people were abused and deprived of their human rights.
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Context

The Argument

Confederate monuments represent and celebrate slavery. In the south, slavery was a way of life that gave provision for plantations. However, slaves were property and were often abused.[1] They didn’t have the right to read or write, and they could be sold no matter what age or what family they would leave behind, leading to intense heartbreak. During the Civil War, the northern states (the Union) fought the southern states (the Confederates) for the rights of enslaved individuals and to unite the States again.[2] Thankfully, by the end of the war, slavery was illegal. Leaving behind the remnants of a bitter past rooted in abuse and pain is a slap in the face of the human rights America strives for today.

Counter arguments

Slavery is unconstitutional and the monuments aren’t going to spur people to try and make people slaves in America again. They pose no harm. They should be looked as part of our history no matter how painful it is.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Confederate monuments represent slavery. [P2] We should not allow monuments that celebrate such a dark period in American history.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Slavery is part of American history, like it or not. Getting rid of monuments will not change this.

Proponents

Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Civil-War-Why-They-Fought-The-1793303

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