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Renewed Calls to Remove Confederate Symbols in Lee County

15 Agosto 2017, 10:23 | Bibiana Flor

Renewed Calls to Remove Confederate Symbols in Lee County

Renewed Calls to Remove Confederate Symbols in Lee County

Gen. George Meade. Historians say Lee's massed infantry assault across a wide plain was a gross miscalculation in the era of artillery and rifle fire. A pistol was holstered at his hip.

Last weekend's events were sparked by a plan to remove the statue of Lee from Charlottesville, but Lee wasn't the type of soldier to demand a statue. Today, sentiment toward the monument - excepting the views of the white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members who've recently descended on Charlottesville - clearly does not favor keeping it in its original location. It depends on who you ask.

Trump did not tell Fields to plow his vehicle into a crowd last week, but during his campaign he sent a message to men like Fields that was nearly as risky. However, by the time he gained access to the late sculptor's studio, his clay model for the statue was badly damaged and cracked.

"No, it's not", Armentrout responded.


Why would Lee choose the state of Virginia over the United States of America?

"The statue is coming down", the woman insisted, standing face-to-face Armentrout.

"I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues". "I'd like to see you try". Lee's stature still remains a symbol of The Lost Cause of the Confederacy - a skewed notion that the Civil War was fought just to retain the endangered Southern way of life, while whitewashing of the horrors of slavery.

"It's the saddest thing that's ever happened to this town", Colin Burns, 25, one of the men yelling at Armentrout, told CNN. Some memorials to fallen Confederate soldiers began immediately after the Civil War, but what we think of as these Confederate statues are really much more a product of the 1890s to World War I period. This is not our city. "That's what we believed in".


A protest similar with the 2015 "black lives matter" rhetoric which occurred on Friday night, where hundreds of marchers descended on the University of Virginia carrying torches and yelling slogans "white lives matter" and "blood and soil", turned violent on Saturday, as white supremacists clashed with counterdemonstrators and a auto ploughed into a crowd of anti-racist and anti-fascist demonstrators. A woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. Police arrested James Alex Fields, Jr., of OH, for the incident. It isn't about preserving history. On Monday, protesters in Durham, North Carolina pulled down a statue commemorating "the boys who wore gray" to raucous applause. As Megan Garber writes for CityLab, Charlottesville is rich with landmarks and reminders of its Confederate past-not only in Emancipation Park. "It's time to stand", he wrote.

Two days after the Charlottesville violence, activists and protesters who attended a rally in Durham to coax officials to remove a Confederate soldier statue that's been in front of the city's courthouse since 1924 made a decision to remove it themselves.

The crowd then swarm on the white supremacist and force him away from the podium. People in the park shouted, "terrorist go home!" and "Tear it down".

I agree with Brooks that we need Lee's name on educational institutions like Washington and Lee to reflect his postwar service, instead of building monuments to his Civil War activities, of which he himself was clearly conflicted about. The fact is, had they won, you would have had an independent nation overseeing the largest and most powerful system of slavery in the modern world. "This isn't us. Those people are not our people". But Lee also wrote in the same letter that God would be the one responsible for emancipation and blacks were better off in the USA than Africa.




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