To the Editor:
For those who want to protest, this is your right. But to want to eliminate flags, statues and any of our history, it is wrong, totally wrong. I'm not saying that everything in our history was good because it wasn't. There were a lot of bad things that happened but it is from the mistakes that we learn.
We try to learn not to make the same mistake again. If you were to eliminate all of our history, how would you know what was done wrong? Robert E. Lee was a great person but if everything about him was destroyed, how would you know? Slavery, if everything about slavery was destroyed, would you even know that there was slavery?
It is wrong to get rid of our history. Thomas Jefferson had slaves. He had children by his slaves. George Washington had slaves.
Are we going to change the name of our capitol? Or, if you want to get rid of it big time, Mahalia Jackson. Mahalia Jackson was a great singer and one of her songs, and it was beautiful, was Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton. Read the history on John Newton.
He was a slave trader, big time. Because of this, are we going to ban the song of Amazing Grace in every hymn book in every church in this country? Think about it. Learn from our history.