As a growing number of American cities worked to remove statues commemorating the Confederacy, President Donald Trump defended the statues again Thursday, arguing that removing them uproots American “culture” and history.
US President Donald Trump today lamented the removal of monuments and statues of Confederate Generals across the country, saying it makes him “sad” to see the history and culture of America being ripped apart.
A descendant of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Confederate Army during the Civil War and whose statue lead to the clashes between the nationalist “alt-right” protesters, including the KKK, and civil-rights activists, condemned the violence. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had statues of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and other pro-slavery figures removed under cover of night Tuesday, citing safety and security concerns.
Though Trump tweeted that disbanding the boards was his decision, the Wall Street Journal reported otherwise.
“We all witnessed the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, where such statues continue to be rallying points for white supremacists’ racism, and, ultimately, violence”. Around the country, more cities are expected to remove Confederate monuments, as others are considering a similar change. It is said about 300 of them are in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.
“I believe many current members of the Senate would be hesitant to begin erasing our state and country’s history by replacing that process with a unilateral removal of all monuments with no public discourse”. It’s a change of course for the governor, who had previously said he did not think the monuments needed to be removed.
“George Washington was a slave owner”.
In a resolution calling for removal of the statues, City Councilman Brandon Scott said immediate action was needed following the “domestic terrorism” carried out on Saturday by white supremacists in Charlottesville. If you reported it accurately, you would say that the neo-Nazis started this thing.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced plans Tuesday to ask his city council to appoint a task force to study the fate of the city’s Confederate statues.