Yes, statues of Confederate generals are offensive to many. Yes, many were erected in the days of Jim Crow. Yes, we support the towns and communities that are taking a look at these statues (and streets, and towns, and schools, and parks, and…) all named after Confederates. Let’s leave it at that. Let’s leave it to them. We have bigger fish to fry and frankly, this is a topic that many people are uncomfortable with and would be happy to avoid. Yes, I am talking about white working class voters who voted for Trump (or voted against Clinton), voters that we desperately need to win over and we are NOT going to win them over by calling them racists because they have fond memories of watching The Dukes of Hazzard. They think these monuments are all a part of history and ought not be taken down. Fine. They are wrong but calling them wrong and racist is NOT going to win them over.
Democrats, let this one go. Move onto kitchen table economic issues. This is not one of them. This just galvanizes Trump’s base, makes us look as if we are against free speech, and puts a lot of working class Americans “up for grabs”, which means, voting for Republicans.
Democrats, let this one go for now. In time, those local communities will do the right thing. This can’t be our fight. We will lose this fight.