Past Is Prologue

Statues Make Good Rubble

An open letter to my fellow Southerners

Removal of Robert E. Lee statue, New Orleans, 2017. Photo: Abdazizar/Wikimedia Commons

Dear defenders of the Lost Cause, wavers of Confederate flags, and keepers of marble monuments to soldiers long dead,

First off, yes, I am a Southerner. I shouldn’t even have to tell you this, but I’ve been around long enough to know that if I don’t, given what I’m about to…