I grew up in central Texas and attended UT Austin as an undergraduate. Besides the Confederate leader likenesses, there also stands a W. Wilson, a G. Wasington, striding great his hand on his hilt, an M.L. King, and other fine sculptures. The controversial statues intriqued me and led me investigate the Civil War and to think about our country, just as the other statues did. I say leave them in place. Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers set up, wisdom advises.
Same here. I took photos of those statues. Most people don't know that Woodrow Wilson was a racist and did not support suffrage. Robert E. Lee on the other hand opposed slavery and even freed his own family slaves. Lee also opposed the Confederency and only sided with them because he was loyal to the Commonwealth of Virginia.