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Letter | Flawed American - and Confederate - heroes are still honorable

Flawed heroes still honorable

The Confederate flag is now off State House grounds. This is the best thing that could have happened.

I do not thinks this is the end of the discussion on symbols that were in honor of slave owners. Some lawmakers, like Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, are now calling for the re-naming/removing of any monument or statue of anyone associated with slavery. Last week, South Carolina State Rep. Todd Rutherford said: “This is just the beginning of what we plan to do.”

Using the above logic, let’s rename all of the building, schools, streets, roads, cities and all public buildings that bear the name of men who had anything to do with slavery. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Jackson were all slave owners and were presidents of the United States.

Should we change the name of Washington D.C., the state of Washington, the Washington moment and the George Washington Bridge?

How about tearing down The Jefferson Memorial?

Change the name of the capital of Mississippi (Jackson)? Also, North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel state and “Tar Heel” is the logo of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That name came from the fact that Southern soldiers refused to retreat during Civil War battles and their opponents said they must have tar on their heels.

Fort Lee (Robert E. Lee), Fort Jackson (Stonewall Jackson), and Fort Bragg (Gen. Baxton Bragg) were all Confederate generals.

These men were not perfect, but their positive achievements are key to their lasting improvement and a proper reason to continuing to honor them.

John Wilson, North Myrtle Beach

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