Don't really believe in taking Confederate monuments down. The fact the white supremacists were lionized for so long is also history.— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) June 24, 2015
I am not sure if Ta-Nehesi Coates is being sarcastic or not with this tweet, but I agree with this statement.
Along these lines, I found Kevin Levin's recent post at Civil War Memory to be helpful. Here is a taste: