Past Is Prologue

Statues Make Good Rubble

An open letter to my fellow Southerners

Tim Wise
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readJun 20, 2020

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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…

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Tim Wise
Human Parts

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)