Is Removing Confederate Monuments Hurting Businesses
The U.S. tourism industry has a multiplier effect on other forms of business. The country’s society and culture represents diversity to a great extent and is one that attracts international as well as domestic tourists (Portales, 2015). The recent unfortunate outcomes of a group advocating the removal of confederate monuments resulted in one and a number of injuries. The peaceful demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia has heralded many other anti-discrimination groups all over the U.S. to voice disdain against remnants of America’s regrettable past (Schneider, 2017). Many states existing below the infamous Mason-Dixon Line have erected formal legal walls preventing the removal of historical monuments set out on public spaces. Others have applied similar legal mechanisms to change such laws with little difficulty (Bliss & Meyer, 2017). Those supporting their removal deem such monuments as a celebration of a war that defended slavery and thereby a lasting impression of white supremacy. On the other hand, those against their pulling down argue that they should remain as a historical representation of the country’s cultural past. This paper addresses this issue form a standpoint that removing Confederate Monuments will only hurt businesses in the short term while allowing for greater entrepreneurial development in the longer term.
Indeed, the diversity of human society is accurately exhibited in the millions of needs that the present civilization continues to develop. Businesses have thrived from such assortments more so, as a result of the expansive tourism industry (Portales, 2015). Tourists require transport, communication, access to financial services, hospitality, healthcare, insurance, educational, sport facilities, and many others to ensure it attends to the needs of the wide variety of clientele. The tourism industry’s future is one that is bound to be characterized by uniqueness of requirements. For instance, persons of different cultural orientation and racial descent have to be encouraged into a position to enjoy holidays and travel just like any other tourist (Portales, 2015). Whether black, yellow, or white, businesses have to work towards eliminat