Virginia 's high court approves removal of Confederate statues
Virginia 's highest court on Thursday ruled the city of Charlottesville can remove two Confederate statues, including one of General Robert E. Lee that was the focus of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017.
Reuters Staff2 Min Read(Reuters) - Virginia’s highest court on Thursday ruled the city of Charlottesville can remove two Confederate statues, including one of General Robert E. Lee that was the focus of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017.FILE PHOTO: Police in riot gear deploy around the statue of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, ahead of the one year anniversary of 2017 Charlottesville"Unite the Right" protests, in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 11, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
In overturning a state Circuit Court decision, the state Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by citizens trying to stop the removal from city parks of the Lee statue and one honoring General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.The city’s planned removal of the Lee statue in 2017 prompted a rally by white supremacists and neo-Nazis that turned deadly when a car driven into a crowd killed a counter-protester, 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Weeks later the Charlottesville city council unanimously ordered the Jackson statue to be removed from another park in the downtown historic district.Nearly four years later, the high court handed down its decision as the nation focused on the Minneapolis criminal trial of a former white police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, a Black man. headtopics.com
Since Floyd died in police custody last year, protests against racism have gained momentum, including calls to remove statues honoring leaders of the pro-slavery Confederate side in the American Civil War.The Jackson Statue was erected in Jackson Park in 1921 and the Lee Statue was erected in Lee Park in 1924, both on land donated by citizens.
In a 17-page ruling, the high court rejected arguments that removal of the statues would violate a law enacted by Virginia’s General Assembly in 1997.The high court said the law “did not provide the authority for the City to erect the Statues, and it does not prohibit the City from disturbing or interfering with them.”
Among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the city were the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., and The Monument Fund, Inc.Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by David Gregorio Read more: Reuters Top News »
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Isn't this like Isis destroying historic monuments because they are not Islamic? Put up a statue of Heather Heyer in their place. Leave them up to help teach. They’re so busy deleting and cleaning up information. Leave there It’s a part of history. Leave it there, better to see and never forget. Hallelujah! Put ‘em in a fuckin’ museum where they belong. Hey, I have an idea... put them in Trump’s presidential library. They’ll fit right in with all the other losers.
'BUT MY PARTICIPATION TROPHY' ~ Some traitor or other Racism crumbling like cookies.. 😂 😂 😂 In Virginia? Robert E. Lee joined the Confederacy for the sole reason that he would not “lift his sword against Virginia” and this is how they honour him. A shameful and idiotic gesture to appease people who don’t know their history.
THIS SUCKS. YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE PAST BY DESTROYING HISTORY. I WANT ALL MARTIN LUTHER KING ROADS AND STREETS RENAMED. Omfg Providing black people with better schools, better jobs, safe neighborhoods is not on the Dems list I guess. Why would anyone want to honor an incompetent officer? Hell yeah. Melt every Confederate statue down into something useful.
Good.... riddance! lets just burn all monuments .. they all had blood on them you know Good riddance No past, no future, just a constant now where the Party is always right.