The statues are a representation of Southern history. The Southern ex-confederate doesn’t take pride in the idea of slavery or separation of the states. The statues are reverenced as historical figures. If they should be taken down because they have connotations, perhaps other monuments should be taken down too. Mount Rushmore was taken from the Sioux tribe without compensation.
Not only that, but the heads were carved by a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer named Gutzon Borglum. Therefore, all controversial monuments should be taken down if that’s the issue. It is incorrect that only winners of wars are able to commemorate important historical figures. History tends to become incorrect if written only by the winners.