Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Monuments Fight Heats Up in Capital of the Confederacy

What happened to monuments to fallen regimes around the world Keystone Hulton Archive Getty Images
Connie Andrews | 21 August, 2017, 01:24

A solid 67 percent said they believe that the use of a auto to plow into the counter-protesters should be investigated as an act of domestic terror. "It's not something that I, you know, widely share, outside of a very close group of friends". In getting rid of the Confederate monuments, "you're not changing history", he said. "We can, and we must, respond by denying the Nazis and the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) and the so-called alt-right the twisted totem they seek". "That's why we are here".

"The time is long overdue for them to depart from public display", they wrote, adding that the removal of the Jackson statue and others would help spur tough conversations about racial injustice. Don't get rid of it.

But to other artists, like Adam Pendleton, the Confederate statues should not be equated with works of art. Don't forget what caused all the conflict.

"We don't want any part of that; we never have", Gates said.

Regarding "Trump lawyer forwards radical email statement" (Page A6, Thursday), the president's own lawyer, John Dowd, defended his client's equivocation on the hate groups that demonstrated in Charlottesville, forwarding an email claiming that there is no difference between General Washington and General Lee.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", he tweeted Wednesday.

The images from the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in upheaval and death led James Muwakkil to a Robert E. Lee statue in Fort Myers. The demonstrators had gathered in the college town to protest the removal of a statue of Lee from a public park. Forty percent believe they should go.

"Just 27 percent said they should go", said NPR. "So I disapprove with young people localpulling down those statues".

"They needed to come down", said Mayor Catherine Pugh, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The issue of statue removal is a relatively new national debate - there are few polling questions on it - even though local communities have grappled with the renaming and removal of Confederate-era memorials for years. Meanwhile, Sen. Corey Booker, D- New Jersey, announced he plans to introduce legislation to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

Both Lee and Crittenberger agreed that a museum might be a better place to house such statues honoring Confederate leaders, where they can be placed in context.

"They were constructed to be markers of white supremacy".

Jack Christian told the AP that he's pleased the Richmond mayor is now saying the city will consider removing or relocating its Confederate statues.

"I don't think it [taking down the Confederate monuments] would change history, because history has already been done", Blackshear said while standing by the Martin Luther King Jr. monument, which he said is his favorite in Washington.

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