I am not avoiding your point, I was giving you benefit of the doubt and interpreted your words in a charitable way.
You *assert* that these are monuments to racism and poison the well by insisting that there is no other possible reason these exist but to celebrate racism. Since you have done this twice, and it is core of your argument, I want you to demonstrate that these monuments: a) are there to celebrate characters uniquely racist by standards of their own time and/or b) used today to promote racism and removing them will lead to direct reduction in racism.
Again, we are not talking about tearing down statues of robed grand wizard or statue of a burning cross, we are talking about tearing down statues of historical figures. List of statues
include Robert E. Lee, who was key figure in reconstruction and who supported his wife in freeing and educating slaves.