Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Baltimore removes Confederate statues in overnight operation

Baltimore removes Confederate statues in overnight operation

Jefferson Davis, on the other hand, to this day has a highway with his name on it in Virginia because, and only because, he tried to found a nation with slavery as its cornerstone.

Activists calling for the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia have a powerful ally: Robert E. Lee himself.

"Lee is clearly a rallying figure for neo-nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups and domestic terrorists, yet Confederate statues are often defended on the false pretense of "remembering history, '" Sanchez wrote".

A fourth monument, memorializing Chief Justice Roger B. Taney at Mount Vernon Place, was also removed Wednesday.

Efforts to remove many such statues have been stepped up since the Charlottesville rally, which was called by far-right groups to protest against plans to remove the Lee statue. "If the monuments are creating this sort of decisiveness, then it's time to take them down", said Robert E. Lee V. He goes by "Rob" Lee.

Jason Schubert, co-chairman of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Community Relations Commission, also is urging county officials to host a forum on the county's history both during the Civil War and after it. Christian said he would like to see the statues preserved somewhere after they are removed from public display.

Some have responded to Mr. Trump's attempt to draw the country's slave-owing founding fathers into the debate by making two points. We're mobilizing to remove these statues with the urgency of a doctor getting the transplanted heart into place before the guy off to the side gets exhausted of pumping. I think it's appropriate that the Robert E. Lee statue isn't going to be destroyed or dismantled because this is an opportunity to educate people.

Baltimore's Confederate monuments have been relegated to a city-owned lot, where they stood Thursday morning covered by tarps and under the protection of a police officer.

"We just want people to know that the Lee family just really wants to send their best to the people in Charlottesville", Lee added.

Kidd said he belongs to a third side: those who want to keep the statues for their historical value and because they represent their ancestors. The Confederate flag should be repugnant to all citizens of our country, not only because it symbolizes those who went to war against the United States but because it has been used almost exclusively since then as a means of intimidation and as a symbol of violence and hatred. They also argue that removing the statues could have unintended consequences.

It's amusing (and a bit ironic, in the best way) to see that even though the "Unite the Right" rally may have delayed the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park, many more statues are being taken down everywhere else. Eleven percent said they were unsure.

The statue's removal comes amid a racially charged debate in America over whether Confederate monuments should remain in their respective locations. We need to reflect and we need to find spaces where we can come to reasoned conclusions-because none of this is easy.

It's a sentiment echoed by Trump, who tweeted this about the statues: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments". "You are changing history, you're changing culture". The Democrat politicians used the Confederate soldiers to fight the Civil War, and now the Democrats are using statues of Confederate soldiers to again push their agenda.

At any rate, the tragedy of Charlottesville is giving us a chance to talk about the prevalence of slavery, the war fought to preserve it, and its legacy.

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