Professor: History of statues informs whether to remove them


"They're not going to tell our story", he said.

Instead, the statues could be preserved alongside those of politicians who sought the constitutional equality of African Americans following the Civil War, the historian suggested.

Virginia has come a long way since then. Most perniciously, they act as a rallying point for racists of all stripes and represent racial inequality and oppression.

Unlike post-war Germany, which made efforts to renounce Nazism (Nazi symbols are banned in the country), the U.S. is still grappling with its deeply racist past, despite it being more multi-racial and multi-ethnic than other nations. Eventually, the state officially took down the flag.

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.

Heyer was killed Saturday when a auto plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of neo-Nazi and other far-right groups.

"Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states' rights".

It's amusing (and a bit ironic, in the best way) to see that even though the "Unite the Right" rally may have delayed the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park, many more statues are being taken down everywhere else.

"With the terrorist attack, these monuments were transformed from equestrian statues into lightning rods", added Signer, according to CNN. "This week, it is Robert E. Lee and, this week, Stonewall Jackson".

A memorial to Confederate president Jefferson Davis is seen along Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.

"History is one of our most valuable resources". The school will relocated the statue to a different location, Price said. One woman was killed and 19 protesters were injured when a white nationalist drove his auto into them in Charlottesville.

Stewart eventually lost - by a surprisingly tiny margin - but forced the eventual Republican nominee, Ed Gillespie, to come out forcefully in defense of Confederate monuments. "You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"

It was during this time that numerous statues and memorials went up.

"By 1918, here in Maryland, we had two of the statues up".

These monuments should be part of our dark past and not of our bright future. "They are deeply personal and emotional", Cooper's statement read.

The monuments should not be left alone, but must be contextualized, so that they can serve as a daily lesson of what leaders in the community once thought, and also how we think differently now. Such context might include an explanation that many Confederate monuments were built decades after the Civil War, when Jim Crow laws were eroding the rights of black citizens. But even with these ones moving or going down soon, there are still loads strewn all about the USA, and there's an even longer journey ahead to get those removed. The complete story of all sides. And if he had won, our country would be split in two and changed for the worse.

Reid, the civil rights veteran, said he wants the statues gone as well. Speaking on public broadcaster Francetvinfo, he said "we should condemn these racist supremacists" and called it an internal USA affair.