Charlottesville: Confederate general Robert E Lee's descendants condemn white supremacists

The Robert E Lee statue in Charlottesville Virginia

The Robert E Lee statue in Charlottesville Virginia Credit EPA

The Confederacy - the Civil War - is a part of our history and should be taught as such.

Lacking a quorum, the Community Relations Commission took no action during its Thursday meeting.

The statue of the Confederate general has been discussed for many years, but has received new attention in the wake of a white supremacist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

The white supremacist terrorism last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the death of a civil rights activist, brought to global attention a deeply divisive debate that has inflamed passions across the U.S. The quiet town has been making national headlines ever since its council made a decision to remove the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a city park a year ago. On Monday, protesters pulled down one such monument in downtown Durham; seven people face charges.

Citing the article in which Rivers was interviewed, Schubert noted that Rivers and Pasquotank Commissioners Cecil Perry and Bettie Parker, both of whom are black, oppose keeping the monument on the courthouse green.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group that advocates the preservation of these monuments, says it only wants to protect the heritage and commemorate the valour of ancestors.

"They should be put in private parks, where students can go to learn about the history, but the public should not have to drive by them, particularly in a city that's 50 per cent black", Perry said.

"There's revolutions taking place all across the country right now, and those revolutions won't be stopped", Thompson said after her court hearing.

Friday morning, the mayor said via Twitter that a press conference was not the best medium to express his views: "FYI all: we are canceling today's press conference and instead issuing a statement in the afternoon". Schubert outlined that research Thursday night to the CRC.

The Durham, North Carolina, university looks set to follow other institutions and relocate its monument. They fought against our country.

-Zebulon Vance of North Carolina, who organized and served with the Rough and Ready Guards. Yet, outside the old DeKalb courthouse on the Decatur Square is the Lost Cause Confederate Memorial.

The large majority of these were erected long after the Civil War ended in 1865, according to the center, with many going up early in the 20th century amid a backlash among segregationists against the civil rights movement.

According to Slate magazine, there are about 13,000 Confederate statues and other commemorative items around the United States, and they're not exclusively in the former Confederacy.

"There's a difference between memory and history", Schubert said.

I remember the day I saw the plaque. "What happens to it and where it will be is a question for further deliberation", Schoenfeld said.

Local newspaper articles from the time support that claim, Schubert continued. Were all soldiers who fought for the Confederacy racist?

-Joseph Wheeler of Alabama, a lieutenant general in the Confederate army.

"All of a sudden these statues of Civil War generals installed in the Jim Crow era, they became touchstones of terror", he continued, "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".

"They were constructed to be markers of white supremacy". These monuments were put there to honor soldiers who sacrificed so much at Bull Run, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Fredicksburg, Antietam, Perryville, Cornith, Atlanta, Vicksburg and other bloody battlefields. Special collections is where we preserve historical objects and records and where we invite members of our community and the public to research, study, and understand Bowdoin history and the lives of those connected to the college.

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