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Taking monuments down is just a mistake

To the Editor:

Giving in to the misguided desire to remove statues and monuments, which Black Lives Matter admits is just the beginning of their quest to erase history, would be a monumental (no pun intended) mistake. This isn’t about being against “racism” or feeling “welcome” in the U.S. It’s about power and control. It’s about anarchy and Marxism.

Reinforcing the idea that people are “victims” will lead to nothing good. And who of these protesters is perfect? Who of them would like to have their entire lives judged by the mistakes they’ve made? Everyone has good and bad aspects to their personalities and no one wants to be judged or have their life boiled down to one belief or action. This is why judging historical figures in light of today’s political environment is morally wrong.

We are all struggling every day to survive and hopefully thrive in this world. Life is difficult. We have setbacks, anxieties, obstacles, and whatever else life throws in our path. We need to be kind to each other, not make demands. Not march with fists raised in anger, calling people “racist” and trying to destroy their businesses and lives. Not demonizing law enforcement. Playing upon “white guilt” and making people apologize for their so-called “white privilege” is a horrible way to treat people. It’s a window into what life in this country would be like if things continue on the current path. 

Aimee Stein

Waynesville

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