Slavery is over
Thankfully, slavery has been illegal for decades. That means no one should feel bitter about anything representing that painful part of history.
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Confederate monuments shouldn’t be a problem because slavery is over. Yes, the southern ex-Confederate states legalized slavery and slaves were treated horribly. However, everyone’s a free person now and the bitterness should be let go.
Human emotions cannot be controlled. The effects of slavery are still prevalent today. African-Americans are more likely to be arrested than other races. On the other side of the spectrum, people of European descent are seen as the bad guys because of the injustice that has happened in the past. Monuments should be taken down as a sign that any remaining bitterness and unjust treatment because of race has no value in society, even as a historical monument.
[P1] Slavery is over. [P2] People shouldn’t hold on to the past. [P3] People shouldn't have a problem with Confederate monuments.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P1] Confederate monuments should be taken down because slavery is over. There’s no reason to honor the confederacy, and people are still suffering from the social problems caused by slavery. [Rejecting P2] The past is a part of a person’s history. Sometimes people can’t let go of their past because it’s too hard or it’s out of their control.