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Recently, there has been intense disagreement on the removal of historical statues and symbols that have any connection with slavery in the U.S. from its founding through the Civil War. What is you view on the value or inappropriateness of such statues and symbols? At what cost do we “sanitize”history by the wholesale removal of anything associated with slavery?Is there a “middle ground” that would acknowledge our history and, at the same time,demonstrate the repugnant institution of human slavery. Along side of this, consider that many estimate that there are over 40 million people held captive in various forms of modern day slavery. Where should society’s focus be – on the past or the present?