As someone who can see both sides of the New Orleans monument removal issue, I would like to propose what I think is a reasonable solution to the controversy.
The monuments are a part of our history, honoring causes and people that were once respected and admired. Removing them will not erase the unfortunate history attached to these structures.
I suggest that instead of dismantling them, we should add additional monuments that are more appropriate for today’s sensibilities. These could include large plaques placed close to the “offensive” monuments that could explain the history and the subsequent information that belief systems have changed (matured/improved).
When we bury the past, when we “forget” it, we are doomed to repeat it. As a friend so eloquently put it, “Do they want to remove the entire city of New Orleans? After all, it was a major slave-trading location.”