I was watching the news a couple of days ago about a Confederate statue that was removed from it's spot in Winston Salem. The statue had been there for over a hundred years. The statue and others like it have been the target of people that are offended by a SMALL part of what the confederate states/civil was about. Schools are teaching that the Civil War was a racial war, all about slavery and freeing slaves. This isn't totally true. A good deal of the Civil War was about economic tensions between the North and South. Yes slavery was an issue, but not the main issue. Lincoln didn't free the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation because he only felt it was immoral. He also didn’t free the slaves in the union states or border states. He did it to try to cripple the South's labor pool and weaken them even more economically. He thought that freed slaves would rush north and bolster the economy of the north with cheap labor. In a way,Lincoln was using the slaves almost as badly as the slave states were. Ok, enough history lesson. Back to the statues. Are we making a mistake, by removing these statues, OR, should we leave them in place and remember our history? History isn't always a pretty thing,BUT, as many have said before, If history is erased, we are doomed to keep making the same mistakes. Don't we need reminders of what we DON'T need to repeat? Are we so easily offended that history has to be erased or altered to fit an agenda? Lastly, Most of these statues are monuments honoring VETERANS of a war in this country. Regardless of which side they fought for, that doesn't change the fact that they are veterans and fought bravely. Many Confederate soldiers didn't fight because they wanted to keep slaves. Most Confederate soldiers were dirt poor farmers and fought because they got paid to fight and that helped feed their families. Is it a mistake to assume that these men were evil and don't deserve a place in history? Now, I am in NO WAY condoning slavery, so please don't think I am supporting it. I believe it to be one of the worst evils to happen in all of history. I do however, believe that we don't need to alter or erase the history of this country, for better or worse, and, I sure as hell don't think we should be dishonoring veterans of this country, regardless of what side they fought on in a war.