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Jun 23 2020
“Portraits of four former House of Representatives speakers who served the Confederacy will be removed from the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said [last] Thursday.” Reuters
“Protesters who took to the streets in Portland, Oregon for the 22nd consecutive night tore down a statue of George Washington that was erected in the 1920s, the Portland Police Bureau said [last] FridayThe Flip Side
Nov 24 2021
A statue of Thomas Jefferson that had stood in the New York City Council Chamber since 1834 was removed this week, reviving the debate over cancel culture and the country's complicated history.
New York officials voted unanimously last month to remove the statue. The City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus argued that the statue is "a constant reminder of the injustices that haveNational Review Los Angeles Times USA TODAY
Sep 15 2019
Virginia judge Richard E. Moore ruled that two Confederate statues in Charlottesville must remain, citing state historic preservation protections. City council voted to remove the statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in 2017, but local residents sued in response, saying removal would violate war memorial protections. Ensuing standoffs between groups defending the monument andThe Root Washington Examiner NPR (Online News)
Aug 21 2018
Protesters toppled a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina known as Silent Sam, reigniting debate around the controversial monuments. Those who support removing them argue that they are symbols of racism, while opponents say that they preserve history.Washington Times Reuters The Atlantic
Jun 10 2020
The war of the statues is no longer a battle over the memory of slavery, or the Confederacy, or the deployment of stone dead generals to reinforce Jim Crow. It is a battle over the legitimacy of the United States which, despite all the evils, is history’s greatest and possibly final experiment in human freedom.
The struggle has turned from Confederate generals to the Founders: fromSpectator USA
Jun 27 2020
Black Lives Matter protests that started as a response to the police killing of George Floyd have sparked a much larger conversation about racism in America. One part of the discussion has focused on historical monuments that dot the landscape across the country and whether they should remain in place or be removed.
Recent weeks have seen the revival of an ongoing debate over symbols ofYahoo! The 360
Nov 24 2021
Americans are again battling over history.
Is the year 1619 as important as 1776? Shall we tear down statues of Robert E. Lee — or go further and topple Thomas Jefferson too? Is the left telling a “twisted web of lies” (as President Trump put it) about America’s “magnificent” history, or was the U.S. indeed built on a rotten foundation of genocide, disenfranchisement, bigotry andLos Angeles Times
Jun 23 2020
Even though historical figures have complex legacies, a few main points usually stand out. For instance, George Washington isn’t remembered—or revered—because he owned slaves. Many people, including many of his contemporaries, have owned slaves. Washington is remembered because he commanded the Continental Army, won the Revolutionary War and served honorably as America’s first president. HeWall Street Journal (Opinion)
Jun 05 2020
On Sunday evening, demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd defaced and toppled a statue of Confederate officer Charles Linn, which had stood in a public park in Birmingham, Alabama, since being installed in 2013 by a charity.
The destruction of this Confederate monument is but one in a sequence of such vandalisms that have swept the nation’s southern states in the past weekThe American Spectator
Aug 14 2019
Trump’s Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, attempts to rewrite the meaning of the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” into something less welcoming. Lawrence O’Donnell explains.MSNBC