“Taking down Confederate flags from public positions of honor is right and good (and long overdue). Revising history by removing evidence of the Confederacy from museums, stores, public grounds, games, and the private square is actually at odds with that worthy goal. We must learn the history of the Confederacy so that we may remain an undivided union, focused on self-government and liberty."
Pretending that people are one-dimensional and only capable of only good or evil is revisionist and short-sighted. Nathan Bedford Forrest led forces in the Civil War and killed people just because of their race. He incited others to violence and fighting and was a feared force against the Union Army. But he also realized the error of his ways and changed. Isn’t that ultimately the lesson we do want our children to learn?