Thomas Jefferson's kin: Confederate statues belong elsewhere

Posted August 20, 2017

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our attractive statues and monuments", he wrote.

He wrote on Twitter, "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments".

Whether to remove Confederate monuments is being debated nationwide in the wake of a white nationalist protest against the removal of a statue of Lee in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend that turned deadly.

He said that just as there were innocent citizens voicing their opinion for the removal of the city's Robert E. Lee statue, there were also innocent demonstrators there to speak out against its removal.

Cities throughout the country - from Boston, Massachusetts to Jacksonville, Florida - are actively considering removing Confederate monuments.

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He said that the statue "will be preserved so that students can study Duke's complex past and take part in a more inclusive future".

"The one thing that you're not going to do regardless of whether you remove a statue or rename anything is eliminate racism in American history".

"I think if we take down the monuments, we should never whitewash history", said Brown while looking at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Are we going to take down-excuse me-are we going to take down-are we going to take down statues to George Washington? Still, he chose to own slaves and fight on the side of white supremacy, two offenses his grandsons said they just couldn't ignore. People don't usually put up statues of Washington to celebrate his keeping of human chattel, but statues of Lee have typically been erected to celebrate his role in attempting to preserve slavery.

The list of Confederate symbols also includes 109 public schools - at least 39 of which were built during the civil rights movement, after the Brown v. Board of Education case desegregating public schools in the United States.

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Chaos broke out at the Charlottesville rally, which included neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members, and is believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade.

"Such a disgusting lie", Trump said of Graham's remarks. And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?

With approximately 1,503 statues and symbols of the Confederacy, according to Southern Poverty Law Center, it's hard to fathom the controversy fading away anytime soon.

"People inevitably see those kind of monuments and that kind of signage as offensive and racist, sexist, misogynistic, what have you". They tied a rope around a statue of an armed Confederate soldier and pulled it to the ground.

Roughly half of those symbols - 718 of them as of previous year - are monuments and statues. "I'm not feeding into white supremacy; I'm calling out white supremacy for what it is".

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