Confederacy”, this quote was put there not for racism or white supremacy, but to honor his fallen comrades. Andrea Bode and Andrew Smith write that “Lawrence Sullivan Ross was a Confederate soldier, but he evolved with the times and should be remembered for his contributions to higher education and Texas government rather than his military record” (Smith and Bode 4). Yes, it is true that Ross served in the Confederacy and was an Indian killer. However, he evolved to a much greater man after the war. Ross made major contributions to the Texas A&M University System, and to the State of Texas. The truth of the matter is that being in
Tidmore 4 the Confederacy and serving as a Ranger company captain was part of Ross’ life and helped to craft the man that he became. In the end Confederate statues and memorials are part of this great nation’s history and honors the brave men that lost their lives. We must not let sensitivity get the best of our emotions, whether we are part of a Confederate heritage or against a “white supremacist” group. Our history is what got us to this point in time, and history is what shapes us to be who we really are whether we like it or not. Works Cited Bode, Andrea and Andrew Smith. “Lawrence Sullivan Ross: Confederate ‘Hero’ or Statesman and Leader?” Skyline , vol. 95, no. 1, Sept. 15, 2017, p. 4. Furgurson, Ernest B. “The End of History?” America Now: Short Readings form Recent Periodicals , edited by Robert Atwan, 12 th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017, pp. 122-25. Staples, Brent. “Confederate Memorials as Instruments of Racial Terror.” America Now: Short Readings form Recent Periodicals , edited by Robert Atwan, 12 th ed., Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017, pp. 118-20.
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