Most people I know do not care much about the monuments.
They are a part of history and a reminder of a history that still scars the land. They are landing pads for pigeon poop in most cases. But I am finding that as the left gins up more and more animosity towards the monuments a lot of other people are suddenly finding themselves caring about the monuments. It has all the makings of a negotiation with terrorists for many. Either tear down the statues or be shamed, boycotted, or ruined. That pisses off a lot of people who might not otherwise care, but who may have a mild familial attachment to their heritage.
Unfortunately, the political left will not allow anyone to have a familial attachment to that heritage. It is all hate all the time. We must ignore the actual history and the actual men and women involved in the conflict. We must reduce it to its simplest forms and everyone is expected to take the same side or be labeled a bigot or worse. Simply not caring is less and less an option. But that breeds a special resentment by those who do not want to care and resent being made to care.
That various local governments around the country are exploring taking down Confederate monuments is just political leaders trying to find yet something else over which to morally preen. It is all rather predictable. The politicians are just hoping to be eaten last.
What is also predictable is that it will not be enough. There will be something else to give in to. There will be some later cause and conviction that must be championed. Take down one statue and find it is only penance for a day. In the absence of God both sides fight over who gets to be the “Grand Sez Who”. Both sides’ mobs are out for that title and the mob is the only group that can claim the title in the absence of God. Along the way, the mob demands we give it moral status. The mob on the left has the media willing to treat it heroically — comparing a group of anarchists and molotov cocktail throwing terrorists to World War II heroes.
I don’t have a strong opinion on tearing down old statues. But I have a strong conviction that it will breed a lot of resent we have otherwise moved beyond and it will only be the beginning, not the end, of accommodating the mob.