No matter how repugnant one might find Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) medical school yearbook page, it reflects a reality that black Americans know and understand. The Jim Crow South and its celebration of the culture of enslavement and abuse were and are pernicious and continue to run through the lifeblood of everyone who has lived within this reality. Mr. Northam is no exception. This is why we must remove public monuments to those who fought against the nation on behalf of slavery. As long as monuments to slavery remain prominent, we all retain the taint of its legacy.