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Letters to the editor, September 14

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Reminder of slavery

I recently visited Denton and went to the courthouse Square. The shops were fun, and everyone was very friendly.

But then I noticed the Confederate statue on the courthouse lawn. This reminder of slavery made me sad and, then, angry that such a symbol is still on display.

Ted Ottinger,
Taylorsville, Utah

Remove Confederate monument

Denton County Judge Mary Horn is correct when she states that the Confederate Soldier Memorial has historical significance. Foremost, it represents the killing and maiming of hundreds of thousands of Americans, most of them American soldiers, over an obsession to maintain sins associated with slavery.

Concurrently, it represented treason against the United States.

Erected a century ago, the statue was the crowning achievement in the establishment of a white Protestant supremacy to oppress African-Americans, Jews and Roman Catholics, which they referred to as papists.

Injustice ruled. For the slightest provocation, a white man could beat a black man to death. White thugs could abduct and rape black women at will. White gangs periodically pillaged black neighborhoods, pulling people from their homes to beat them. Entire black neighborhoods were ripped out (Quakertown in Denton).

All of this violence was committed with the connivance of law enforcement.

In addition, daily life for African-Americans was characterized by segregation, much of which has been eliminated; however, voter suppression, injustice in the courts and law enforcement oppression remain.

Ultimately for whites, indulging themselves in acts of racism, rotted out the centers of their souls. In hearing confessions from Southern white men about their roles in racist oppression, I learned that many were deeply sorry and wanted to change. This is the future.

My prayer is that Mary Horn relinquish her racism and remove the Confederate monument, which by its close proximity to political power, anchors Denton to its horrible history.

Walter Lindrose,