The suggestion of a “ unity“ monument that Laura Price and others are promoting is, on the surface, a rather clever idea. It conjures up the concepts of unity and compromise, both wonderful things.
But there are situations where compromise is not the right solution. There are some things that are just wrong. Slavery is a good example. There is no meeting in the middle, it is wrong.
A statue, memorializing the fight to continue slavery, has no place on the courthouse lawn.
Mr. Divillo gained some attention for a well-intended effort to find another home for the monument. The fact that this attempt so far has been unsuccessful suggests that maybe there is no right place for the Talbot Boys statue.
So what to do? Put another soldier alongside? Wrap a bigger flag around them both? Try and pretend that it is something that it isn’t? It brings to mind the old adage, “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."