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Op-Ed by Episcopal priest urges removal of “real articles of the Confederacy”

Op-Ed by Episcopal priest urges removal of “real articles of the Confederacy”

In an op-ed for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Rev. Benjamin Campbell, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, calls for us to tear down the “real” monuments of the Confederacy: the systemic oppression of African Americans. He cites economic injustice that targets people of color disproportionally, relics of segregation. Removing statues of Confederate figures is a start, but not enough. “The gravestones will be removed, but the buried bodies will continue to haunt us.”

The op-ed can be found here.

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John Chilton

I urge those commenting to read the op-ed. Campbell is referring to the vestiges of Confederacy reflected in schools, public transportation and the like.

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Philip B Spivey

This is how we get ourselves in trouble: We are not about ethnic cleansing; we are about defying and removing symbols of oppression.

Cemeteries hold all of God's children; our Saints are in heaven.

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Pete Haynsworth

How much removal will be enough?

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