Speak Out: Preserving history

Regarding the recent action taken by the state to defund The Georgetown Historical Society of $14,000 for allowing a Confederate monument and flag on their property, readers reacted to a recent commentary by Frank Calio of Laurel headlined “History, good or bad, should be preserved.”

• It’s always white folks yelling about how “history ought to be preserved.” Maybe they should talk to some African-Americans about what the Confederate flag and monuments mean to THEM. Why don’t they consider why there aren’t Nazi flags and monuments flying and standing in Germany? — Eric Morrison

• Hmmmm the Nazis tore down all the statues they didn’t like when they occupied Poland. I seem to remember a certain political party here doing the same thing. One thing for sure is not a single one of us on this Earth today is to blame for slavery or was a slave. Don’t let these politicians play identity politics by dividing everyone of us into groups so they can pander a bunch of empty promises. — Jon Walczak

• History generally is preserved in a museum and in books, not by flying the flags of defeated groups. — Ellen Behringer

• So what he’s saying is revisionist history based on the teachings of the sons and daughters of the plantation owners (AKA The Daughters of the Confederacy) who erected many of those statues and published many of the history books used in schools in the early 20th century, is OK. — Andy Longacre

• I respectfully disagree with this commentary. Remembering and teaching the Civil War does not require the Confederate flag. A monument or statue to the Confederacy is not a remembrance, it’s a glorification. I’m not discounting families who have connections to men that lost their lives, but once you put that evil flag up, proudly, flapping in the breeze, we know what is being done. It’s not an artifact, there is no teachable moment, it’s just a signal to Georgetown and surroundings that there are still people that hate for no reason but the color of your skin. — Kate Pearl

• I respectfully agree with Kate Pearl, except for one point. I think remembering and teaching about the Civil War using the flag is fine, but it doesn’t need to be flown or to be on grand display in order to do so. I honestly don’t have a problem with going to a Civil War museum where there is a mannequin as a soldier in Confederate clothing with the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia in the display in a historically accurate fashion. The key is that is isn’t glorified and that it is historically accurate when used. — Jess Mortillfem

• To suggest the museum shouldn’t exist is a step too far. Saying no to their request for public funds is perfectly reasonable. — Nancy Willing

• Hate is a terrible emotion. So the government decides to punish a historical society because it let men and women honor their relatives who fought and died for the Confederacy. Apparently their lives do not matter as much as those Union soldiers who fought and died. — William Falzareno

• A Confederacy that enslaved millions of people. Is that what you want to memorialize? — Steve Caporiccio

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