Baltimore's Confederate Monument Was Never About 'History and Culture'

Posted August 21, 2017

Republican nominee Ed Gillespie said he also favors local control, but believes such monuments should remain and be placed in context, so that they become instructional objects, not objects of glorification.

He asked that the Virginia legislature meet in emergency session to change the law so the city could swiftly take down its Confederate monuments - a request not likely to be granted, according to a spokesman for the governor.

New Orleans removed a Confederate monument in May. They see it as a stark reminder of a dark time in our history - one that nobody wishes to repeat.

The mayor's comments come five days after President Trump compared Confederate leaders to the nation's founding fathers.

There are no monuments of Adolf Hitler in Germany, so why should equal tax-paying Americans be subjected to the celebration of Confederate statues in the communities in which they live?

Why not eliminate all memorials: The reason I hear most often cited to justify tearing down memorials erected to great men - as well as banning flags that stood for a sad moment in our history - is that they make people feel bad by reminding them of when times were different and we were not so "advanced" in our thinking. It's time to do the right thing, and get these Confederate monuments out of public spaces.

The U.S. has at least 700 statues honoring the Confederacy across the country. "Jim Crow" refers to laws and sanctions aimed at ethnic discrimination, especially against African-Americans. In the middle part of the century, the civil rights movement pushed back against that segregation.

President Trump lashed out during a press conference last Tuesday at those who wanted to have those monuments removed by using false equivelancy, saying that if those were removed than one would have to consider removing other historical statues such as those of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. But they weren't insane to treat the statue as a vestige of white supremacy. "Why would you put a statue of Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson in 1948 in Baltimore?". The city approved the rally near the Lee statue, which sits in a small park in the heart of Charlottesville's downtown. A majority of 52 percent said his response was "not strong enough", while 27 percent judged it "strong enough", and 21 percent were unsure. "My concern is for the safety and security of our people". The events of the Civil War are well-documented, and in no danger of being forgotten.

Still, in 1948, the statues went up.

Much of the Civil War was fought in Virginia, and its history is embedded in much of the state's landscape, from the Battle of Bull Run to Appomattox. "People who want to send a message to black veterans, the Supreme Court, and the president of the United States, that's who".

There were 10 statues greeting chapel visitors. They were meant to reassert the power of white people, said Jonathan Leib, Chair of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University in Virginia.

"Something like the [Robert E. Lee statue] should have never gone up", said Albert Yenque of New York City, who was visiting Washington with his wife, Karine, on Friday. "That slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition".

In Helena, Montana, the city council voted on Wednesday to remove a Confederate fountain from a park.

Personally, Foner says he's not against removing all the Confederate statues - "although there are some I think ought to come down".