The storm around America’s statues isn’t about history. It’s about whiteness

By | August 21, 2017

During his infamous press conference this Tuesday, as he vehemently defended his claim that both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump declared “many of these people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E Lee. This week, it is Robert E Lee … is it George Washington next?”

In Trump’s view, some of the protesters were there simply to protect and preserve American history. “Not all of those people were white supremacists,” he said. One shouldn’t expect, I suppose, Trump to see the intimate connection between the two.

A debate has ensued, once again, about the role and place of memorialization of the Confederacy. The city of Baltimore, under the cover of night, removed all of its Confederate monuments. In April, New Orleans did the same and the city’s mayor, Mitch Landrieu, eloquently explained why.

Cities throughout the country – from Boston, Massachusetts to Jacksonville, Florida – are actively considering removing Confederate monuments. In Durham, North Carolina, Takiyah Thompson and other activists took the matter into their own hands. They tied a rope around a statue of an armed Confederate soldier and pulled it to the ground. (The Guardian)

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