Museum or dumpster? USA cities wrestle with Confederate statues' fate

Museum or dumpster? USA cities wrestle with Confederate statues' fate

Museum or dumpster? USA cities wrestle with Confederate statues' fate

This led the state of SC to reconsider flying the Confederate flag - which white nationalists also see as a source of pride and not an emblem of racism - at the state capitol, according to Vox. Rather, they served to rehabilitate white manhood - not as the losers of a war, but, as the monument in Charlotte states, preservers of "the Anglo Saxon civilisation of the south". "The fact is had they won you would have had an independent nation overseeing the largest and most powerful system of slavery in the modern world".

President Donald Trump described them on Thursday as "beautiful statues and monuments", part of the history and culture of the country that will be "greatly missed".

The reactions were as polarizing as could be expected.

Students at many other universities, meanwhile, have started petitions or staged protests to demand the removal of Confederate monuments on campus and in nearby towns.

The undamaged statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the entrance to Duke Chapel in Durham North Carolina
The undamaged statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the entrance to Duke Chapel in Durham North Carolina

Both the tragedy in Charlottesville and the ongoing battle over the preservation of Confederate historical monuments - perceived symbols of white supremacy - point to a growing rift between the ways different racial groups view America's past. Heyer died when a auto rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally. That includes more than 700 monuments, and more than 100 public schools named after Confederate generals.

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The issues of race from the Civil War are back on the radar, he said, and the monuments built so people wouldn't forget the Confederate leaders of the war are now getting more notice.

There have been calls to remove statues in other cities as well. "I personally believe they are offensive and need to be removed". Lee, the South's leading general, owned the plantation there prior to the Civil War.

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A rock carving in Stone Mountain, Ga., depicts Confederate Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, two prominate generals, as well as Jeffereson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. He added that he's proud of the progress Virginia has made since he was a boy - it was the first state to elect a black governor and was the only Southern state a year ago to vote for Hillary Clinton - but said he's concerned about the political climate promoted by Republicans like Trump and Stewart.

14-15 by Marist Poll for the PBS NewsHour and NPR, found that 62 percent of the 1,125 USA adults responding believe that "statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should remain as a historical symbol". A woman in Durham, North Carolina was recently arrested for allegedly tearing down a statue there.

Katie Straight, who stood outside the downtown theater Wednesday where a memorial service for Heyer took place, agreed that the city's "democratic" discussion about what to do with the statues had contributed to the scope of what happened Saturday.

Officials in several states are now calling for the removal of public monuments that have become controversial symbols of the confederacy.

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Are George Washington and Thomas Jefferson next? In a lawsuit filed after the city denied a permit for last weekend's event, organizers claimed this was a protest about a Robert E. Lee statue and the renaming of a park.

Only two statues were taken down immediately, in Gainesville, Fla., where the Daughters of the Confederacy removed a statue of a Confederate soldier known as "Ole Joe", and in Durham, N.C., where protesters used a rope to pull down a Confederate monument dedicated in 1924.

Jack Christian said he has heard from one relative who said she agreed with the sentiments expressed in the letter. As Filipino journalist Jose Antonio Vargas said on Twitter, "Most Americans do not know the full extent of USA history". "This is not my history", said life-long Richmond resident Pam Patrom, "this is something that conquered and divided us so I'm not a fan of the statues". I don't know that these statues are worthy of preservation as art objects so much as historical objects - made to preserve a lost cause, a lost war.

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