It seems many Americans have lost sight of what is right in this culture of not offending anyone.
From a Navy website about United States submarines:
“USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601) was the fourth George Washington class nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name.
“Robert Edward Lee entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1825; graduated second in his class; and was commissioned second lieutenant in the Engineer Corps on 1 July 1829. According to General Scott, the fall of Veracruz during the Mexican war was due in part to Lee’s ‘skill, valor, and undaunted energy.’ By the end of the war he had risen to the rank of colonel.
“After Fort Sumter was fired upon, Lee was offered command of the Federal Army. He declined, and following Virginia’s secession on 19 April 1861, resigned his commission the following day, to accept command of Virginia forces.
“In March 1864, General Grant, appointed to the supreme command of the Federal Armies, engaged Lee several times. Lee abandoned his lines around Richmond but Grant pursued the retreating Southern Army and forced Lee to surrender at Appomattox Court House on 9 April.
“Noble in peace as in war, Lee devoted his remaining years to rebuilding Washington College (now Washington and Lee) at Lexington, Va., where he died on 12 October 1870.”
If the United States Navy saw fit to name a submarine after the general, why are we now scrapping statues of him?
Lt. Commander John Martin, USN (ret.), Destin