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Letter: Tearing down historic monuments won’t erase the nation’s past
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A portrait of Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet hangs in the community room of the old Piedmont Hotel as Longstreet Society president Peter Claymore, center left, gives visitors a history lesson at the society's annual bivouac and picnic in 2014.

What in heaven’s name is the radical left trying to do? Destroy all traces of the Confederate South and our country’s history? Is all history of our founding fathers to be removed and destroyed because some of them once owned slaves? Is my head on the chopping block because I am white and perhaps one of my ancestors may have owned a slave?

I don’t know of a single person presently living in the United States that has owned a slave person. What about the black natives of Africa who raided villages, killed countless numbers of their own people to capture men, women and children to sell them to slave traders who brought them to America and other countries to sell at a slave market?

As repugnant as all this slave trade was, you cannot erase the past, it is done. The answer is not in destroying. It is in forgiveness of those who have hurt you deeply. It is not the fault of those presently living. Many act as if they have not done things that wronged someone. Those protesting are not as guiltless as they want us to believe. Have they ever been on the original path of the Trail of Tears and felt the pain of our native people as they endured their mistreatment? Have they reacted, burned, looted and killed? No, they have more dignity than that and are not asking that history be erased. They forgave those responsible who are long dead and are not holding someone who was not even on this earth at the time responsible for actions of their long deceased ancestors.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a much better example of how to handle our problem than rioting, looting, burning and destroying our history. He forgave.

George Roshau

Gainesville

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