Not sure if this should be yes or no. As an old white woman, I can't fathom how this hurts but I do understand how it is a reminder of horrible circumstances that a group of people were put under with no hope of ever knowing freedom; a black stain on the nation! I don't believe we should ever forget this egregious time in our history and our citizens need to be reminded so it doesn't happen again! What I fear is that those who want to keep the monuments see them as justification for that time and wish we were still under that cloud. I don't believe that hatred and bigotry will ever be quashed completely. This is taught from generation to generation, we must teach love and respectful acceptance of all those around us, not matter the color of their skin, religion or lack of, and sexual orientation. We all bleed red! Maybe we should put up statues of men and women of color right next to the confederate statues to depict how wrong the confederates were in their thinking.