and you down play the North's own aggression.
I do no such thing. I certainly take into account the North's role in the slave trade and condemn those northerners who participated in it. But the fact is that in the years leading up to the Civil War the North was moving away from slavery, to the point that many in the North were willing to support outlawing slavery nationwide. It was that very trend that the South feared so much and thought was coming with Lincoln's election. As far as aggression goes, who was the aggressor in the Civil War? There is no dispute about that, the South fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. Indeed, Edwin Ruffin, a Virginian at Fort Johnson proudly claimed credit for the very first shot fired at Fort Sumter. The Union forces at Sumter endured over 2 hours of shelling by the South before finally firing their own shots in reply.
You want to call the south a bunch of racists, ....
I have never said that. I don't think all Southerners today to be racist. Nor do I overlook that there are racists everywhere in this country. But racist or not, Southerners are by far the largest group of people who defend the likes of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis as heroes, whether due to racism or simply due to misguided loyalty to their Southern states.
Since you are bound and determined that the South is/ was and always will be based upon a Slave past and the North is the great emancipator.
I've never said that, either. You seem to want to put a great deal of words in my mouth that I never said. The South is not today what it was in 1861, and I don't tar current Southerners for the sins of past Southern leaders.
My focus here has simply been a simple one: Confederate leaders like Lee, Davis, etc., are not worthy of statues or other honors. You are the one who seemingly wants to make it into something more. Don't put words in my mouth or assume things I've not said.
So, to keep things focused, do YOU think Lee and Davis worthy of being put up on statues? If so, please do tell us what they did that is deserving of such an honor.