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Kerry Amburgy-Dickson (Kalex)
Just a geek and gamer girl.
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Talking about monuments!

"A century ago, a white mob beat, stabbed, shot, and hung Mr. Crawford, a 56-year-old black farmer, in the Abbeville town square, after he dared to argue with a white merchant over the price of cottonseed. The patriarch of a large, multi-generational family, and the owner of 427 acres of land, Mr. Crawford was a successful farmer and leader whose murder had long-reaching effects.

The gruesome public murder, though committed openly, did not lead to prosecution or conviction for any members of the mob.  Days after the lynching, Abbeville’s white residents “voted” to expel the Crawford family from the area and seize their property. When South Carolina's governor declared himself powerless to protect the family from violence, most of the surviving relatives fled to destinations as distant as New York and Illinois, fragmenting the once strong and close-knit family."

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The argument about "erasing history" is dumb.

Nobody's changing history or pretending this all didn't happen. We can teach people about Civil War and the Confederacy and slavery and Jim Crow and segregation. But that does not require literally putting on a pedestal the dudes who believed so fervently in white supremacy that they literally committed treason.

Put the statues in a museum where they can be shown in appropriate context. Then, to make sure we aren't "erasing history", put up monuments to the men and women who rose up against their "owners" and those who died saving other people from slavery. Make sure we celebrate the actual heroes and we don't have to pretend that this never happened.

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