The Confederate Statues – Robert Lee

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We cannot whitewash history by wiping the ugly aspects of it. Good, bad, or ugly, the statues are a part of our history. It is a shame if we don’t preserve history. Whether it is the Holocaust, Genocide, or any atrocity, our ancestors have heaped on fellow humans, and we should not pretend that those things did not happen. How do we learn to deal with current issues, if we are blind to what was ugly?

I have debated the statutes coming down from Saddam Hussein to Robert E Lee’s, and I am pleased to offer a pluralistic solution.

Let the statues stay, and place a granite monument by the icon with an inscription, mentioning the reason the statue was there in the first place and how it is perceived today. Let’s be sincere, and tell the truth the reason they were installed in the first place, and how they are perceived today. Let the American people learn our history.

I hope our friends see the sanity in keeping the statues. It is sad to see the statutes of Robert E Lee, Saddam Hussein, Mahatma Gandhi, King Leopold II, and several others who are gone. What about the White House?

Nancy Pelosi calls to remove 11 statues representing Confederate Soldiers

“The statues which fill the halls of Congress should reflect our highest ideals as Americans. Today, I am once again calling for the removal from the U.S. Capitol of the 11 statues representing Confederate soldiers and officials. These statues pay homage to hate, not heritage.”

Madame Speaker (Nancy Pelosi), you’re mistaken, you are presenting falsities to the American Public by removing the statues. Those men and women are a part of our history, let them remain. Do you intend to remove Hitler from History books? Do you want to remove Cain from the Bible for killing his brother? Do you want to remove Jesus from the cross because we don’t do that now? Let’s deal with the realities of life and not whitewash history.

HBO Removes ‘Gone With the Wind’, Erasing First Black Woman to Win an Oscar

Removing “Gone with the wind” is wrong, however bad the slavery was; it was a part of our history. How does the future generation appreciate the long road to civility taken by the predecessors? We need to reflect on our history and enjoy it. I am glad I belong to the world now. The ultimate destination of civilization is when people learn to accept and respect the otherness of the other.  More at

Sam Madden, Board Member at the Center for Pluralism wrote the following

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Mike Ghouse is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism. He is a speaker, thinker, author, consultant, pluralist, activist, news maker, and an interfaith wedding officiant. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers. 

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