September 20, 2019 10:19 AM
What’s the proper context for Lost Cause storytelling? That it’s an erroneous re-casting of history.
Earlier this week, the Dekalb County properly placed the Decatur Confederate memorial in history.
The obelisk, heavy in Lost Cause tripe, deserves no official and unchecked memorialization in front of a seat of government.
However, to remove this monument, and others like it around Dixie, would not only rob citizens of aesthetic value, it would prevent a true reckoning of history and keep us from recognizing that there’s a lot of truly abhorrent events in our past. (Even if for years, people have, uh, rather explicitly, displayed their lack of interest in the monument.)
Dekalb County got it right….for once.