Memorials and monuments, whether confederate or not, should be left to educate Americans on the history of their country, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a Fox News interview Monday.
An August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., renewed a national debate over the role southern Civil War memorials should play in American society. Answers have ranged from leaving them as testaments of America’s past, to abolishing them completely for the South’s role in slavery, according to NBC news.
“I’m one that believes that we should learn from history, and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history. We can learn from them,” Zinke told “Fox And Friends” hosts Monday morning. “Since we don’t put up statutes of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short. I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA.”
“I’m an advocate of, again, learning from our monuments, understanding the period they were made, but also we live in a great country. Monuments are not Republican or Democrat or independent. The monuments are a tribute to all of us,” he added.
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