Majority of Americans want Confederate monuments to stay

Robert E. Lee Statue Defaced At Duke University Chapel

Lee monuments went up in the 1920s just as the Ku Klux Klan was experiencing a resurgence and new Jim Crow segregation laws were adopted.

President Donald Trump has expressed his concern about the removal of the Robert E Lee statue questioning which historical figure will be next on the hit list.

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our attractive statues and monuments. You.... "Stonewall" Jackson Monument, a double equestrian statue of the Confederate generals erected in 1948; the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1903; and the Roger B. Taney Monument, erected in 1887. That's a problem that has beset Trump rivals since he first declared his candidacy: All the attention focused on Trump - even unflattering stories - prevent them from getting out their own messages. For example, it is now much more widely known that the great majority of these statues were erected long after the Civil War, and that a lot of them were erected either during the high-tide of lynching in the South during the beginning of the 20 Century, or during the 1950s, when mass-resistance to racial desegregation was gathering steam in the old Confederacy. They could forget that the southern states seceded in order to uphold slavery and that their defeat meant freedom to millions of enslaved people.

"When it comes to the Confederate memorabilia or symbols or what have you, they may be good for some, but they are hurtful to others", Muwakkil said.

Seriously, though, I think the fact that we're arguing over whether or not we should end the free ride through our history that treasonous racists have enjoyed for 150 years is a very salubrious moment. "That fits in with the next wave of embracing of confederate symbols which was in the late 1950s and 1960s", Smith said. Soon after, the state took down the flag.

So why exactly are some people opposed to their removal?

It was his way, he said, to remind others that America is for everyone. Many nations with equally ugly pasts are capable of a collective introspection which we have so far mostly avoided.

In the decades after the Civil War, memorials celebrating the south's valiant effort and glorious defeat appeared all over the region.

"The United States has never as a nation come to terms with the meaning of slavery and the Civil War, and that is a fundamental problem". Calls for respect of history dominated the posts.

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Duke officials said they'd increased security around the chapel, and will review a surveillance video from inside it.

Another statue of Lee, the top Confederate general during the Civil War, was the focus of the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.

"I'm not always proud of what happened in our history", she added.

Our current contentious debate about removing statues goes back to the 2015 mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Click on the videos below to discover some of the more nuanced arguments for and against the removal of Confederate statues. Those men may cherish many things - intolerance, bigotry, racism - but they do not cherish history.

"It's critical for us to understand the importance of the Civil War in establishing our national identity, which embraces equality and liberty", he said in an email.

The Confederacy sought to protect slavery, dissolve the Union, and preserve white supremacy. "But we will not avoid history and we certainly want to learn from history", he continued. They marched under banners the United States took up arms to fight.

Heyer was killed Saturday when a auto plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of neo-Nazi and other far-right groups. "You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"


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