The recent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia ended violently and became the eye opener America needed. Four other such statues on the South Mall of UT-Austin, albeit of actual people, will be removed and relocated immediately, university president Gregory Fenves' office said late Sunday.
Three figures depicting war-makers who also enslaved people will remain on the facade of Charlottesville City Hall on the grounds that they are not war monuments at all and depict people, who like all people, did good and ill.
And to those who say George Washington and Thomas Jefferson also owned slaves. should we remove those monuments?
"Like most such monuments, this statue meant to rewrite history to justify the Confederacy and the subsequent racist Jim Crow laws".
The Civil War is a seminal event in American history, fought from 1861 to 1865. During that time, commemorative markers of the Civil War tended to be memorials that mourned soldiers who had died, ' says Mark Elliott, a history professor at University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Relocating these statues is making a statement that these stone individuals are not the people we want to be honoring.
Charlottesville city leaders pushing to remove the confederate statues argue the state law protecting war monuments only applies to statues created after that law was enacted in the 1990s. These symbols have given White Supremacists a cause to rally behind.
There are certain places for these memorial statues, and a town square or college campus is not one of them.
Several cities have targeted Confederate symbols in response to the violence in Charlottesville.
Bannon's trust in "economic nationalism" might be overly optimistic, but polling backs up the idea that Democrats are falling into a trap on the issue of Confederate monuments. We recommend the statues be removed from these areas and instead be placed in historical heritage sites and museums or be sold to private buyers.
Incidentally, and not coincidentally, such statues first appeared in the early 20th century when eastern European immigrants came in waves; and then in the 1950s when the South was told to integrate its schools.
"We can't believe in an America that celebrates hate and at the same time say to the rest of the world we are a beacon of hope for the huddled masses", Muwakkil said, referring to the inscription on the Statue of Liberty that welcomes immigrants to the country.
A few people were taken into custody and escorted out after Mayor Mike Signer warned that would happen if there were more interruptions. We quit teaching American history, especially about the war.