Confederate soldiers seem to be getting a lot of undeserved bad publicity from our liberal professors, media and the biased Post and Courier. It has created a frenzy to destroy anything Confederate, such as digging up the grave of a Confederate general and his wife and relocating them, and destroying his monument in Tennessee.

The U.S. House recently considered banning Confederate flags in national battlefield parks, and some senators want to pass a bill to reduce federal highway funds to any state that issues specialty license plates containing the Sons of Confederate Veterans logo.

There is also an effort to rename Calhoun Street and remove the John C. Calhoun monument in Charleston. Clearly an effort is in motion to destroy all vestiges of the Confederacy. All because of a misconception that the War Between the States was fought over slavery.

If slavery is the true driving force, maybe we should look elsewhere. Charleston was named for King Charles II in 1670 when it became Charles Towne. He was a shareholder in the Royal African Company, which made vast profits from the slave trade. Is this justification to rename Charleston?

In 1641 Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery. In 1650 Connecticut legalized slavery. In 1705 New York declared that punishment by execution would be applied to runaway slaves. In 1715 Rhode Island legalized slavery. President George Washington owned over 300 slaves at his death. Do we rename Washington, D.C., and destroy the Washington monument?

Slavery wasn’t just a Southern thing. It was rampant in America 200 years before the War Between the States.

How did we allow all the blame for slavery to fall on the shoulders of Confederate soldiers? Fewer than 10 percent owned slaves. These honorable men went to war to protect their families and homes from an invading Northern army. They deserve better.

Slavery was a bad thing, but it was a part of our history for a long time, and we can’t undo or rewrite our history. All of these efforts to destroy and shame the Confederate soldier are wrong and will only serve to create a greater divide between the races.

The War Between the States started in Charleston. The frenzy to destroy anything Confederate started in Charleston.

Maybe Charleston should realize that there are a lot of good people on both sides of the issue and stop feeding the frenzy. The flag is down at the Statehouse. Where will it end?

Jimmy Elliott

Garrison Road