Domenica, 24 Settembre, 2017

US Duke University Removes Confederate General Statue in Wake of Charlottesville

A statue of Robert E. Lee stands in Charlottesville Virginia A statue of Robert E. Lee stands in Charlottesville Virginia
Messalina Adamo | 23 Agosto, 2017, 08:38

Why the rally would only fuel the removal of more Confederate statues is beyond me.

A growing number of US political leaders are calling for the removal of statues honoring the Confederacy, saying they promote racism. According to a spokesperson this week, the involvement of hate groups and neo-Nazis has undermined their cause.

Ironically, but maybe not surprisingly, calls to dismantle more monuments have increased since Saturday's rally - which came to a head when one of the white supremacists drove his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. You know, you really do have to ask yourself: "Where does it stop?"

The results of the poll would undoubtedly be surprising to most Americans - unfortunately, the establishment media does not seem interesting in discussing it.

Unsurprisingly, whites without a college degree - Trump's strongest base - fervently supported the statues, with 75 percent saying they should remain.

However, these decisions have lead to a nationwide debate on whether removing the statues destroys American history. As proud as our family may be of Moses's artistic prowess, we - some twenty Ezekiels - say remove that statue. A whopping 86 percent of Republicans favored keeping the monuments, along with 61 percent of independents. It may unify Democrats against Trump, but it will also divide all other Americans against them. The only group that wanted to see the monuments removed were those who identified as "strong" Democrats. The fact that a higher percentage of blacks (43% to 35%) believe the removal of statues will hurt race relations than help is particularly striking.

We have an opportunity now, because a national conversation is happening, to make real change and take substantive action.


Charlottesville is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens.

Controversially, however, US President Donald Trump is among those in favour of preserving the historic monuments to Confederate icons, calling plans to remove the statues an attack on America's "history and culture." In 2003, businessman William Chaney bought land adjoining the battlefield and erected the monument, including a plaque that claims that Lee was personally "against secession and slavery" but fought for the South out of a sense of duty to his home.

In today's climate, they are now seen as toxic.

For Muwakkil, the Lee statue is linked to the lack of representation of minorities on the county's school board and county commission.

Regardless of how Americans view the statues, it is obvious that removing them would not benefit American society. And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Where are the statues in the former slave states honoring the very large part of the Southern population (beginning with the four million slaves) that sided with the Union rather than the Confederacy? Monuments say a lot more about the values of an era, and which things the people of that time choose to glorify.

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