Below you will find my submission to the NC Historical Commission. If you oppose relocation of the monuments, I encourage you to submit comments also:
I am opposed to the relocation of these monuments. It is profoundly wrong to attempt to eliminate, deny or rewrite history. This is, in fact, what the Soviet Union used to do.
These monuments are a reflection of the state's historical legacy and heritage-- for better or worse. For many North Carolina residents whose families have roots in this state dating back many decades or centuries, the Confederacy and the Civil War are a part of their past. Many lost ancestors in the Civil War, and became destitute. And the Civil War and the Confederacy were not just about slavery, but were also economic, and were about more noble aspects of southern imperatives and the union that existed prior to the Civil War-- an agrarian economy, federalism and constitutionalism especially. These have been lost to a significant extent.
Those monuments mean a great deal to a lot of people. Please do not move them.