Ms. Hunt’s claim that “That statue has nothing to do with racism” is dangerously naïve and historically inaccurate. Like all Confederate monuments in the state and around the nation, the Grayson County statue was erected long after the Civil War, during the era of Jim Crow laws and segregation. These statues represent the subjugation of African-Americans.

Especially after the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, we know these Confederate monuments are very important to the goals of violent and racist white supremacists. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are several active neo-Nazi, KKK, and white supremacist hate groups in North Texas, including the Texoma area. In this context, there is absolutely no place for Confederate monuments in our diverse community.

The deep legacies of slavery, racism, and white supremacy represented by the Grayson Confederate statue should not be forgotten. We must learn from the disgraces of the past represented by the statue. That is why its history should be preserved in a museum display or in local history books. But monuments to the Confederacy should not be celebrated in the public square.

Randi Tanglen