Remove Confederate Monument of Robert E. Lee from the city of Franklin, OH
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To the city and Township of Franklin, OH,
In the wake of violent racism recently in Charlottesville, VA, and continuous racial violence, it is clear that Confederate monuments should not have any space for them to be celebrated. Ohio is a northern state known for fighting against the Confederacy during the civil war, yet it currently honors Robert E. Lee in a public space on the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Rd. Many residents in this state and country do not feel safe due to racial violence, and these monuments cause additional and unnecessary pain.
This monument was put in place to celebrate a man that was known for commanding the Confederate army, and supported the continuation of slavery. Lee himself was a slave owner, and we have a responsibility to confront that fact and the evil that he fought to maintain. The mayor and city of Franklin, Ohio has an opportunity to do the right thing and remove this monument as a small step towards racial healing.
We cannot come together as a country until we decide to stop celebrating these symbols of slavery and hate. History should never be forgotten, and these figures should instead be remembered in our history books and museums. They should instead serve as somber reminders of our past, not in the celebratory manner that this one currently does. Let us come together and demand this monument be removed.
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