Eugene Robinson: Taking Down Confederate Statues Not Destroying History, It's "Presenting The Real History" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Eugene Robinson: Taking Down Confederate Statues Not Destroying History, It's "Presenting The Real History"

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Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson on taking down Confederate statues: "It's important in the historical sense because they lost the Civil War. And these monuments are an attempt to -- these monuments were generally erected around the turn of the 20th century, decades after the Civil War. They were erected at a time when the South was -- had strangled Reconstruction in its crib and was imposing Jim Crow repression. And so this was -- these monuments, you know, taking down Confederate monuments is not destroying history. It's actually presenting the real history because the monuments themselves were an attempt to distort history and to tell a false story about the Civil War and about how it ended. And actually even to the point of about who won. And in fact the South lost. And I guess the other meaning of it, of course, is Donald Trump is associating himself with the losers in this historical episode."
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