All historic monuments are at risk
The racial violence in Charlottesville has a lot of people thinking about removing statues of historic figures from public property.
I don't think removing these statues is a good idea. They are a part of our history. We study history because we are supposed to learn from it so we don't make the same mistakes again.
Anyone thinking of removing monuments is in the simple-minded class of people like the Taliban or ISIS, who have destroyed monuments more than 3,000 years old.
Once we start removing these monuments, it will lead to more violence and unrest. And it won't stop with Confederate statues. Sooner or later, someone will want the Thomas Jefferson Memorial taken down or Mt. Rushmore National Memorial blown up.
People can find many excuses to remove monuments and works of art. Jefferson preached against slavery, but he had many slaves and even fathered children with them. Our government stole Mt. Rushmore, a special piece of the Native Americans' property, and then made them live on reservations.