Voters Agree With Trump On Protecting Historic Monuments

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 23, 2017

Violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 when white nationalists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate military leader Robert E. Lee clashed with anti-racism demonstrators.

The USA has many dark periods in its history with the treatment of Native Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans during WWII being sent off to internment camps, Muslims, women, and one could no doubt go on and on. "I don't think anyone should believe that we should support that part of America's history".

My suggestion is that rather than destroy these controversial statues, etc., that they be placed in museums with full disclosure of their place in history and of the men who are depicted, even though numerous facts would not be complimentary. It is even more offensive to blacks to have them remain.

Everything I've read says these monuments are being relocated or destroyed, but the history represented is not being erased or rewritten. "These people do not know why they're tearing those monuments down, it's just something to fight over". Meanwhile, the University of Texas announced on Monday that it was moving "severely compromised" statues of Lee and three other Confederate figures from a main area of campus immediately.

Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday morning to cover the monuments devoted to Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in fabric as an expression of mourning of Heather Heyer, according to the Associated Press. Where are the monuments to the victims of slavery or to the hundreds of black lawmakers who during Reconstruction served in positions ranging from United States senator to justice of the peace to school board official? Until people can accept that simple fact, recognize that everything associated with the Confederate States of America is a symbol of racism and stop rationalizing and justifying Confederate flags and statues as someone's "heritage", we will never be able to have real conversations that move us forward. "We haven't come as far as perhaps we thought we had come as a nation", Powery said.

Ironically, General Robert E. Lee was against the idea of Confederate monuments.

History also tells us a statue of King George III was torn down in 1776 in Manhattan.

"Most of the people who were involved in erecting the monuments were not necessarily erecting a monument to the past", said Jane Dailey, an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago."But were rather, erecting them toward a white supremacist future".

To build Confederate statues, says Dailey, in public spaces, near government buildings, and especially in front of court houses, was a "power play" meant to intimidate those looking to come to the "seat of justice or the seat of the law".

Dr Gerald Horne, an African-American historian at the University of Houston, emphasised on MSNBC's The Beat last week: "These statues were erected not only because they were created to express white power but also antipathy and animosity to the newly freed enslaved population, not only because of white supremacy but because the abolition of slavery represented the confiscation of private property without compensation".

A few people were taken into custody and escorted out after Mayor Mike Signer warned that would happen if there were more interruptions.

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