Erasing history for any reason is misguided and dangerous. These statues and flags were created and put up during a specific time in our country’s development. The mindset has changed a lot since then and it is important that we continue to see reminders of how far we’ve come and why we shouldn’t go back. Reclaiming symbols like the Confederate flag is important. It doesn’t represent hate, no matter how much you’re told it does. It represents a period of division in our history that we overcame at great cost. The fact that such a flag flies over state capitols under the US flag speaks volumes.