Statues honoring people who committed treason in support of evil

To the editor:

In (Publisher Gregory Orear’s) Saturday, Aug. 19, column defending of the right of communities to maintain monuments honoring people who, in defense of slavery, committed treason against the United States, you wrote:

“The moral evils of the Nazi party and its guiding philosophy is indisputable and, as such, is nowhere near the equivalent of the Confederacy.” Really? Here are just a few of the equally indisputable “lesser” moral evils and guiding philosophy of the Confederacy:

• Defining an entire class of people as so inferior that their only appropriate role in society was as the subservient property of a superior race.

• As property, their owners had the right and obligation to maintain proper discipline by beating, maiming, torturing and, if necessary, putting down (killing) those members of the subservient class who were unwilling to accept their status.

• As a means of “improving” the value of their property, rape was an acceptable practice, both indirectly by the forced interbreeding of “quality stock,” and by owners themselves, as long as the resulting offspring remained in the subservient class.

• The forced separation through sale and trade of family members (including children) at the will the owners.

The Nazi party controlled Germany for barely a decade. The leaders of the Confederacy and their predecessors controlled the South for over two centuries.

And the only “federal interference in their daily lives” that the traitors opposed, was the outlawing of slavery.

These monuments do not stand in isolation in scattered communities across the south. They are here, in our country, honoring people who committed treason against it in support of evil. That is an insult to every American, regardless of where you live.

Paul A. Bridgland