March 21 2018

Confederate monuments face increased scrutiny across Southern states

March 21 2018, 10:15 | Irvin Gilbert

Confederate monuments face increased scrutiny across Southern states

Confederate monuments face increased scrutiny across Southern states

In Charlottesville, the city council voted to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, but has faced questions over whether it has the authority to remove it.

The rationale was that the statues were offensive to a portion of the population.

Lieb said there's been conversations about whether the monuments should be put in museums, left alone with signs and plaques given them contextual value or additional monuments should be erected for more recent times.

The drive by civil-rights groups and others to do away with Confederate monuments gained momentum after an avowed white supremacist murdered nine African-Americans at a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015.

"We want these statues down, and we're not going to stop until they come down, so that means out here protesting and marching all day", Antonio Cathy said.

"In response to the horrific and unacceptable incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, I am asking that the city ... conduct an inventory of all Confederate monuments, memorials, and markers on public property", she said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

"I think it wiser", he said, "not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered". The present life of these statues reduces them to a caricature. He was a major slave owner. According to information provided by Crouch, the memorial monument was inspired by a former slave and quartermaster, James E. Fuller, who served in the First United States Colored Cavalry.

Fox News host Matha MacCallum responded, "You could make an argument for Thomas Jefferson or George Washington".

The divisive Confederate battle flag was taken down from outside the state's legislature following the massacre and Confederate flags also came down in Alabama, another bastion of the self-proclaimed Civil War-era republic. But history is not on their side. Both organization says when a white nationalist, supremist or neo-nazi holds their flag and defends their monuments, it ruins the confederate legacy.

"Rather than building memorials at Gettysburg, he favored building over the entire battlefield, basically erasing it", says Jonathan Horn, author of a 2015 Lee biography, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.

Undeterred by the violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the U.S. said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.

In terms of the Savannah monument, again there is longevity here.

That is a grievous political sin, although he obviously wasn't the only one guilty of it.

"Lee Park was a very fun park to go to when I was growing up", he said. To others, he is one of history's most paradoxical heroes. Confederate imagery is already restricted from military bases and public schools, he noted.

But after his death, some Southerners adopted the "Lost Cause" revisionist narrative about the civil war and placed Lee as its central figure. "But a strong loyalty to Virginia held Lee back". Cooper tweeted "It's time to move forward".

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, told a WVHU radio show on Tuesday: "I absolutely disagree with this sanitization of history". History isn't always pretty, but we should not attempt to destroy it for the sake being politically correct.

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