Enero 22, 2018

Robert E. Lee was a hero

26 Agosto 2017, 09:36 | Benedicto Grullon

Virginia Commission to Study Racism and Radicalization

WBAL's Gerry Sandusky knows a thing or two about people taking issue with a name

The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, for example, pushed to move a Confederate statue from outside a downtown courthouse to a veterans cemetery located just outside the city. Even if every statue, plaque, and monument is removed, it can't erase all the remnants of what Ivey called "our darkest hours" - voter suppression, mass incarceration, racial profiling, and assaults on affirmative action.

Contacted by The Associated Press, Cantwell acknowledged he had pepper-sprayed a counter-demonstrator during an August 11 protest on the campus of the University of Virginia.

Later Wednesday, local media reported that a man with a gun strapped to his leg approached the Lee statue and began cutting the tarp with a knife. African-Americans live everyday with "the negative effects" of the same history many fight to preserve.

Or a statue of an enslaved child facing down Stonewall Jackson, like the statue of "Brave Girl" standing before the charging Wall Street bull and transforming both.

The modern chaos of communicating this way makes it all that much harder to have conversations about our Confederate statues, a discussion that for many has become a Rorschach test for racism.

"I have been released from my school and will be unable to return to college to finish my senior year", said Armentrout. We can't change that by removing statues or flags.

Conflict over the statues, which was the premise of the "Unite the Right" rally, has lead to a national debate over the statues. President Donald Trump weighed in on the subject, at one time calling the statues "beautiful".

A sincere and honest debate demands we start with this question: What is the goal of a particular statue, monument, plaque or other depiction of the Confederacy?

"We've been told that if we take them down tonight, we're going to be personally sued", councilor Wes Bellamy said Monday night, the Daily Progress noted.

He also praised the Confederate statues, saying the are a part of American history.

"Blood on your hands", read a sign that two women held, standing on the City Council dais as Signer and council members left the room amid jeers and yelling.

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