It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.
They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. They purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.
Classic example of inaccurate news: the schools do not honor the Confederacy, they are not named Confederacy high school or Confederate states of America elementary school, they honor American soldiers . Continuing to demonize a million American soldiers because they were born south of an imaginary line running east to west is inane. Was their cause wrong? Yes. So was Vietnam! Are we going to rip out the Vietnam Memorial because the cause was unjust? But is not the Vietnam war memorial : it is the Vietnam veterans Memorial. Just like the schools, it honors soldiers, not political causes.
At not-so-cheap cost, San Antonio changed the name of Lee High School to LEE High School...
Legacy of Educational Excellence High School.
For the right money would they change the names to Mercedes Elementary, Staples Elementary and Home Depot Elementary? This school district might be on to something here.
Yet in West Virginia there are over 50 buildings/monuments named for Robert Byrd or his wife - the Democrats that were proud members of the KKK. Go figure.