I've been witnessing lots of white guys - people I generally like, and in some cases good friends, who I know to be decent people - making increasingly desperate-sounding arguments about how removing these statues is a bad idea.
"There are Civil War monuments by some of the greatest American sculptors - Daniel Chester French or my particular favorite is Augustus Saint-Gaudens".
Durham has been a focal point in the debate over Confederate statues after protesters tore down a bronze Confederate soldier in front of a government building downtown on Monday. White southerners who had actively supported the Confederacy lost numerous basic rights of citizenship (such as voting).
Experts say City lawyers are likely to argue the Robert E. Lee statue doesn't come under that statute because it's not a tribute to veterans. Hundreds of white nationalists surrounded the Jefferson statue last Friday night after marching in a torchlight parade across campus and chanting "You will not replace us" and "Jews will not replace us". Whenever I've passed them, I don't feel like I'm seeing a reminder of history, so much as a message that some whites still miss a time when African-Americans were slaves.
However, we must also remember that the formation of the Confederacy was not primarily over slavery and that slavery was not considered a key factor of the American Civil War until after the Emancipation Proclamation, almost two years after the war began. "Are we going to take down the statue?"
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There is a legal process for every city and state to go through to consider removing monuments and statues, and no doubt, more will go through that process. Some see them as symbols of state's rights.
And the more than 1,500 Confederate monuments standing in communities like Charlottesville have the potential to unleash even more turmoil and bloodshed. In Birmingham, Alabama, a wooden structure is used to cover up a Confederate monument.
These statues say more about the efforts of people in the 19th and 20th century to restrict the rights of people of color and remind them who the dominant class is in the south. I wonder, is it George Washington next week?
"It makes us feel terrible", Bible said. Regardless of what the left wants us to believe, the majority of Americans don't subscribe to white supremacist views.
The Confederacy started because of racism, and it stood for racism.
Stoney initially agreed that the monuments should remain, but that historical context should be added to them.