I can’t seem to forget the tragedy at Charlottesville. Yes, the controversy was over a statue of a Confederate soldier. This might seem rather inconsequential to some but it was very personal to me. I am part Jewish and hearing on a newsfeed a white supremacist shouting let’s kill the Jews was terrifying to me.
The removal of Confederate statues is the right thing to do. The South chose to secede from the Union not because of State’s rights but because the South wanted to protect its “peculiar” institution of slavery. General Robert E. Lee was a white supremacist who led attacks on the North that killed and maimed Union soldiers.
My 19-year-old cousin, a Union soldier, died at Vicksburg. This war should never have happened and my cousin should have lived a long peaceful life. My fourth great grandmother was left with young children to run a farm while her husband fought for the Union. It was said that she was never the same after enduring this hardship.
The United States could have commemorative bricks honoring Union soldiers. In Germany, the streets have bricks commemorating the victims of the Holocaust as a reminder of the tragedy.
Barbara Elliott, Boise