Mollee Ostrander 
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Re: “Author of Heritage Protection Act Cautions City About 'Consequences'

That one seeks to hoist up in honor those who supported, boasted, and perpetuated the institution of owning individuals and declaring them 3/5 of a person... is absolutely ludicrous to me. Yes, I am aware that many of the founding fathers also owned slaves - sadly in my own family's history there was slave ownership; I wish to heck there wasn't. That "he did many good things" is a moot point - he traded and sold people for his own profit. I know that slavery has been a way of life for millennia and in many cultures; this doesn't make it right. Why things were done one way or another in the 19th century and before... I cannot answer to or begin to fathom. But, I cannot for the life of me put forth the notion that we should give it reverential honor. Put the statues in a museum or on museum grounds where the history can be told properly. We will not get past issues of the present until we confront honestly the issues of the past. You wouldn't want a statue of Bin Laden at ground zero... You wouldn't want a statue of Tojo or Yamamoto at Pearl Harbor. You wouldn't want a statue of Sherman in the middle of Atlanta or US Grant here in Memphis at Hunt Phelan. I respect history and historical significance.. but glory be there are other ways!

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Posted by Mollee Ostrander on 09/08/2017 at 5:38 PM
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