Mayor of Charlottesville Calls for Removal of Confederate Monuments

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To the editor: There's much talk about statues these days as white supremacists try to prevent the removal of a Robert E. Lee monument from a park in Charlottesville, Va. Trump voiced his concern, wondering if after the monuments to Lee and others are removed, statues of slave owners George Washington and Thomas Jefferson will be next.

"Last weekend changed everything", wrote Signer. He wants Lee gone ASAP. The event was held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

"I don't think it [taking down the Confederate monuments] would change history, because history has already been done", Blackshear said while standing by the Martin Luther King Jr. monument, which he said is his favorite in Washington.

Removing symbols of history doesn't make it go away, removal invokes stupidity.

This week McAuliffe reversed his previous position on war memorials, saying he now wants Confederate statues relocated to museums, as they have become a "barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia".

In the statement, Graham said Trump "took a step backward" with the comments, which Graham said suggested "a moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally" and counterprotesters like Heather Heyer, the woman who died when an OH man with ties to white supremacist groups allegedly drove a auto into a crowd at the rally. Signer said he didn't wanted her life to be forgotten.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer is canceling a planned "major announcement" with the media Friday afternoon.

As President Trump doubled down on his defense of Confederate statues and monuments this week, he overlooked an important fact noted by historians: The majority of the memorials seem to have been built with the intention not to honor fallen soldiers, but specifically to further ideals of white supremacy.

He unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor, worked as counsel for then-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and served in John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign. He's now employed as general counsel at WillowTree, Inc., a mobile development company in Charlottesville. Flake said Republicans were showing "tremendous powers of denial" in accepting Trump and called for Congress to be more forceful in its opposition to the president. He's an elected city council member chosen to be mayor by fellow council members, not the voting public. I don't know the answer as, clearly, there is no one answer.

"Most of the people who were involved in erecting the monuments were not necessarily erecting a monument to the past", said Jane Dailey, an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago."But were rather, erecting them toward a white supremacist future". They were meant to reassert the power of white people, said Jonathan Leib, Chair of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University in Virginia. The violence left Heyer dead and 19 people injured. Two police officers who were patrolling the skies over the area also died when their helicopter crashed.

The statue of Lee still stands. A hearing in the lawsuit is set for later in August. "What was sown in New Orleans is being reaped in Charlottesville". In the case of monuments commemorating Confederate heroes, one has to wonder what exactly is being honored, particularly when that statue is on public land, which all of our taxes go towards maintaining.

The mayor also called on the city to immortalize the memory of Heather Heyer. Eleven percent said they were unsure. "Well guess what? You just magnified her", Susan Bro told the service.

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