Charlottesville mayor calls for swift removal of Lee statue


Cities are speeding up their removal since Saturday's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a suspected white supremacist crashed a vehicle into a crowd, killing one woman, during protests against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War.

The mayor of Charlottesville on Friday called for an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to confirm the city's right to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a request that was swiftly rejected by the state's governor.

But the anti-Confederate momentum seemed to ensure that other memorials would come down soon.

More than 1,000 people held a rally in response at the Lee-Jackson Monument in Wyman Park Dell Sunday and marched through Charles Village, rebuking the white supremacists and calling for the monument's removal. The demonstrators had gathered in the college town to protest the removal of a statue of Lee from a public park. Take the formerly communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe, most of which have removed or re-purposed their statues of Stalin and Lenin, despite the discussion still swirling around some of the remaining Soviet monuments.

Another group of anti-Confederate protesters in Durham, North Carolina, tore down a different Confederate statue before being arrested or turning themselves into police in the days that followed, according to CBS News.

"We should not start taking down monuments just because they remind us of an unpleasant past. You know if we don't take care of that, we're going to be looking at another generation of war monuments", he says.

In Maryland on Friday, authorities took down a statue of a 19th century chief justice, Roger Taney, who wrote an infamous 1857 ruling known as the Dred Scott decision that reaffirmed slavery and said black people could not be US citizens.

"There are moments in American history we can point to with pride, and there are other moments when men made mistakes and when what they did was wrong", Holding said. Baltimore city councilman Brandon Scott wrote on Twitter this week.

No former Confederate state exercised its option in the 19th century.

"A lot of San Antonians don't realize that San Antonio voted against secession".

Claire Meddock, 21, stands on a toppled Confederate statue on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Durham, N.C. Activists on Monday evening used a rope to pull down the monument outside a Durham courthouse.

There are more than 700 Confederate statues in the United States according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a lot of them created in the 1910s and 1920s, decades after the Civil War ended.

These monuments, then, represented not only reverence for soldiers who fought in a war to defend slavery; they also made a very pointed statement about the rule of white supremacy. There may be many ways for local communities to address that challenge; though removing offensive statues may be the most straightforward, in some cases communities may prefer to add historical context and explanation. "But history is not on their side", Cooper said.

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

The Sons of Confederate Veterans condemned attempts to take down Confederate statues around the country.

Stoney, whose fast-gentrifying city of about 220,000 people was majority black as of a few years ago but is now about 49 percent black, had originally tried to find common ground on the issue. By fanning suspicions and resentments over how disrespected and dispossessed they are amid changing economic and cultural tides, Trump was willing to turn his historical "party of Abraham Lincoln" into the party of the Confederacy. A statue of Lee was at the heart of a violent protest last week in Charlottesville, Va., which turned deadly.