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– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017.the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!
The Lee monument in Richmond is in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue, an iconic boulevard with several other Confederate statues.
The violence in Charlottesville, Viginia in the USA shows us how significant symbols can be and either the rich or the ugly historical context they provide.
Eighty-six percent of those responding condemned the rhetoric of the white supremacy movement, including that of neo-nazis, KKK members, and the so-called alt-right.
When asked whether the Davis statue belonged there, Hayes-Davis said, “I think that they were placed there for a reason”, as he listed Davis’ various accomplishments and positions he held. “Highlighting them as more special than other people, that’s a little hard for me to understand”.
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.
Warren and Jack Christian aren’t the only descendants of Confederate leaders who are speaking out.
He argues what many Confederate statues actually represent is “this image of America as a white society”.
When Trump made statements that critics believed defended the white nationalists who called to preserve the monuments, some of his political opponents, such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, quickly promised to remove statues from public places, and without consulting art historians or curators first.
Gen. Robert E. Lee’s bronze statue in Charlottesville was at the center of violent clashes last weekend between white supremacists – who converged on a park once bearing Lee’s name to oppose a plan to remove the statue – and counterprotesters. Lee declined, citing his reservations about fighting against his home state of Virginia and resigned from the US Army.
University officials have not said how the damage was inflicted, but most of the damage was to the statue’s face.
Bertram Hayes-Davis, a great-great-grandson of Davis, told the AP that he believes that “complete removal is wrong”.
Opponents of Confederate memorials view them as an affront to African-Americans and ideals of racial diversity and equality.
The President has drawn widespread criticism from across the US political spectrum for saying demonstrators representing an array of hate groups and counter-protesters shared blame for the violence that erupted, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured when a Nazi sympathizer drove his auto at high speed into a group of counter-protesters. Two state police troopers who had been monitoring the chaos were also killed when their helicopter crashed outside the city.