The things that people get the most emotionally charged about are almost never the things themselves, but what fear the thing inspires (whether rational or not) or what it reveals about themselves. It's not really about slavery, whatever anyone might think. Chattel slavery has been gone from America for 160 years, and barring a complete technological and civil collapse, it isn't coming back. The people who are upset to the point of violence about statues staying up or coming down need to take a good, hard look in the mirror, because that's where the real problem will be found, not in a statue. Sounds like psycho-babble, I know. That doesn't make it wrong.
I'll have more thoughts about this in my newsletter tomorrow (8/22/2017).