My response to a Facebook dialog in which one commenter stated that Confederate war hero statues were a form of free speech held by those that honored the era.
They can honor their beliefs. They can offer to cart off the statues and install them in a place where the memory will be respected. The majority of citizens in these cities find the statues to be offensive in the extreme – they honor an era in which their rights were denied through violence by those that hated them. The statues were installed as a form of hate speech. Those that now control those public spaces are the descendents of those targeted, and deserve the right to attain closure by freeing themselves from that speech.