Two new statements of public witness

Tough conversations get easier with practice, and part of my practice is to write things down. Here are two new statements on the issue of memorials to Confederate leaders. My position is that we should not honor those who directly threatened the claim of every person to be recognized as a fully human being, and now that we know -- as we long should have known -- specifically that these Confederate memorials are icons and rallying points for the most vitriolic racial ideologies in our society, they need to be removed. I wish there were time to do this everywhere by a process of deep community engagement, but I recognize the urgency that has led some localities and citizens to take immediate action.

 

 Albert Pike statue in Washington, DC, Abraham ofm [ CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Albert Pike statue in Washington, DC, Abraham ofm [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons