Removing monuments that symbolize past evils might seem to be the right thing to do, but let’s consider the motives for this “noble” action (“Historic swap? Bill would replace bust of Dred Scott decision author at Capitol with one of Thurgood Marshall,” March 9). To the people pursuing this, do you really believe our generation is any better? Ethically? Politically? Morally? Spiritually? I have my doubts.
Should we pursue goodness today? Yes. Should we try to blot out the evils of yesterday? No. History is to be remembered, not forgotten. We must remember the evil as well as the good, for the obvious reasons. All of us have in us the potential for doing good and the potential for doing evil. Welcome to the human race.
Let’s not let arrogance remove symbols that could remind us of roads to avoid.
Richard H. Anderson, Jarrettsville
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