1000 Word Philosophy
Originally posted 19 June 20
Here are two excerpt:
1. A Moral Argument for Removing Confederate Monuments in Two Parts
(1) If some monument(s) unavoidably harms undeserving people, then there is moral reason to remove that monument.
(2) Public Confederate monuments unavoidably harm at least (i) those who suffer as a result of knowing the racist motivation behind the existence of most Confederate monuments and having those motivations made obvious by public Confederate monuments, and/or (ii) those who suffer as a result of being reminded of the horrors of the Civil War and the United States’ racist history by public Confederate monuments.
(3) Therefore, there is strong moral reason to remove public Confederate monuments.
If premises (1)-(2) are true, then the truth of (3) is logically guaranteed.
(1) should be uncontroversial since it follows from the more general claim that we have moral reason to avoid harming innocent people.
Part (i) of (2) is supported by the ample testimony of the groups fighting to remove Confederate monuments. Many know the history behind them, and are constantly reminded of the racist motivation for their creation, and suffer as a consequence.
The above argument is but one possible point of entry into this complex debate. If successful, it shows that we’re obligated to continue removing public Confederate monuments.
The Pro and Con arguments are here.