Sabato, 23 Settembre, 2017

Charlottesville monuments shrouded in black

Jefferson Davis statue Nathan Bedford Forrest statue Jefferson Davis statue
Acilia Dean | 24 Agosto, 2017, 19:28

There was a powerful message behind the juxtaposition of the white nationalists spitefully marching through the contrastingly lovely University of Virginia grounds on the evening of August 11. Later, a vehicle rammed into a crowd of demonstrators who were marching through downtown, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring more than two dozen others. "In its report previous year, the Southern Poverty Law Center said that the country's more than 700 monuments are part of roughly 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces".

Executive Director John Findlay told the Washington Post that the party felt Northam was betraying his family's legacy because his great-grandfather had fought for the Confederacy. But when all those statues were put up, they were from a benefactor who was in the Confederacy, George Littlefield. Slavery was the basis of their economic system, so they were fighting for their economic welfare. This was and is, morally reprehensible, even though some churches in the South found it possible to support slavery. With passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (outlawing slavery), the Fourteenth Amendment (granting full USA citizenship to African-Americans), and the Fifteenth Amendment (extending the right to vote to African-American males), blacks began to enjoy more rights than they ever had in the South.

But in the wake of the war, monuments to those who served on both sides sprang up across the US. The argument has spurred rallies and protests across the Southern United States.

"You know to me, it [Charlottesville] doesn't feel the same", Jones said.

I can see nothing to warrant pride in such a reality.

Amid Tuesday's chaotic city council meeting, Charlottesville officials chose to drape the statues of "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee before they were removed permanently.


There's no honor in allowing for territorial loyalty to supersede one's morality.

Duke University President Vincent Price said in a letter to the campus community: "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university". Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man - don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE campaign and a descendant of the Confederate General, ripped Trump for having "no idea" what he's talking about when it comes to Confederate statues. And this, I believe, is justified.

"What's going to change?" asked Roshi Hill, who filmed the Lee shrouding with her black cell phone.

"All of a sudden these statues of Civil War generals installed in the Jim Crow era, they became touchstones of terror, the twisted totems that people are clearly drawn to, trying to create a whole architecture of intimidation and hatred around them that was visited around our town", he told CNN last week.

One would think their wishes would carry a lot of weight with people who want to honor their legacies.

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