This is the legacy of Silent Sam

“100 yards from where we stand, less than 90 days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.” Julian Carr, on the commemoration of Silent Sam



Context is everything

The vast majority of these monuments were put in place for one reason: White Southerners refused to let go of the past, a past where they lived as fuedal lords over those they deemed inferior, and they lived in fear of a time when their past sins against humanity would come back to haunt them. At its core, this movement was nothing more than denialism, but that denialism was basically shallow. Which is why the Klan started wearing hoods to disguise their identity. Because they knew they could never openly oppress people again.