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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 9, 2021: Reflecting on morality amid a Lost Cause relic
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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 9, 2021: Reflecting on morality amid a Lost Cause relic

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Reflecting on morality

amid a Lost Cause relic

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

As the Lee statue comes down in Richmond, the former heart of the Confederacy, there are generations of local families who supported the Lost Cause at that time — and many of their descendants still do. A cloak of mythical blindness was woven around the central issue: the morality of owning other humans as property to maintain the backbreaking labor required by an agricultural economy.

There still are organizations whose purpose is to keep those myths alive: the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, schools, and public buildings and universities named for the generals and politicians of that time. Ancestor worship might be a heathen idea and practice to many Virginians, but what else is this?

Mary Harris.

Midlothian.

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