Coffee Clash - Nat Fenton on the Removal of Statues
January 12, 2018
Sips, Southwest Harbor
In a recent New Yorker article, removal of Confederate statues has been called the “new social issue of the twenty-first century” generating passion where other issues have grown stale. Should these statues be removed in consideration of the plight of black parents trying to explain the presence of a statue of Robert E. Lee to their fifth grade daughter? “Can you look into that young girl’s eyes and convince her that Robert E. Lee is there to encourage her?”
And then there are those who claim that removal of the statues is an attack on the Confederacy and those who fought so bravely against an overpowering military force but also an attack on the heritage of America and its history, targeting our country’s Founding Fathers and others who have created our glorious Western civilization.
And who gets to decide whose statue must be removed, holiday name changed (Columbus Day, for example), whose name is expunged from our history books? Where do we draw the line? How do we achieve reconciliation rather than more rancor and resentment? Are those removing the statues removing history?
Nathaniel R. Fenton grew up and was educated in Bar Harbor through 8th grade. He then attended St. Mark’s School, Bowdoin College and received his J.D. at Cornell University. He returned home and has practiced law in the area for the past 45 years. His interests include flying, motorcycling, history, sports and reading. He is married to Sugar and they have three grown children, Bob, Janet, and Toby, and their beloved golden doodle, Maggie.
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