Controversy over confederate monuments brings attention to local plaques, statues, and markers.

The rope pulled taut and the brazen Confederate soldier crashed down from his pedestal to become a crumpled heap of metal on the ground, kicked by protesters to the tune of “No K.K.K! No fascist U.S.A.!”

As protests surface across the Southern United States, Confederate monuments face resistance, some physical, from crowds vying for the end of the glorification of rebellious and offensive figures in United States history.

“I don’t believe the statues belong in the center of towns or on government property because they don’t represent modern America,” Evan O’Donnell, a junior, said. “But at the same time they are still a piece of our history and should not be vilified. I believe they belong in a museum where they can be protected but not glorified.”

As the issue spreads, local monuments in Hendersonville and Asheville raise concern and controversy as citizens question where the line between remembering and honoring lies.

By: Bartel Van

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