Sam Dickson had an interesting take at the League of the South conference about historic monuments and the energy that we have invested in defending these symbols.
The existence of Confederate monuments legitimize and anchor us to lots of places like Charlottesville and Richmond which are long gone. Maybe it is better for us that the monuments are coming down. Silent Sam once stood on the campus of University of North Carolina. The monument angered some students and university professors, but it also kept other people invested in a leftwing institution.
Should Confederate monuments stand in the public square outside of communist courts or universities dominated by anarchist mobs? Would it be better in the long run to erect communist or anarchist monuments in these public places instead? Perhaps idols of George Floyd? If the public monuments matched what was going on inside these institutions, would they be seen by the public in a better light? Should we pretend that communist courts and their show trials and Two Minute Hates and their verdicts based on social justice bear any resemblance to what we used to call justice?