Duke University Is Removing The Robert E. Lee Statue From Its Chapel

It was such an effort to remove a Lee statue from a Charlottesville, Va., park that led to Saturday's violent demonstration pitting white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members against opponents of racism and anti-Semitism.

"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. "I've been likening it in my mind to Dylann Roof, and the water hoses on the peaceful protesters in Birmingham, or Joseph Welch confronting McCarthy, saying 'At long last, have you no decency?'"

That statue represents an idea of whiteness they refuse to relinquish; it is a part of a politics that trades on white fears, ongoing cultural wars that scapegoat black and brown people and policy decisions deeply rooted in racial animus.

One counterprotester, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured when James Alex Fields Jr., 20, allegedly rammed his auto into a group demonstrating against the "Unite the Right" rally. "That's the work that we have as a country", Signer said.

Now, the mayor says he will put out a formal statement sometime Friday afternoon. "And so, for the sake of public safety..."

The protests have pulled Signer into the spotlight, though he's no stranger to Democratic politics.

"We can not continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery", Cooper wrote in a post on Medium Tuesday.

As mayor, he is not vested with the unilateral power to change policy, as many mayors are. "I'm just one vote but it would be up to the council to vote on it". The men said they want to make clear that the statue - and their great-great-grandfather's actions - do not represent them. The white supremacist rally was a response to its removal.

Luke Powery, dean of the Chapel, wrote in an email Thursday that he stands in opposition to white supremacy, but that there needs to be a larger conversation about how to move forward with Lee's statue, agreeing with Price. A judge issued a temporary injunction in May stopping the city from moving it for six months.

McAuliffe has not yet released a statement in response to Signer's requests. The monuments are of Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Moreover, the vast majority of statues and physical markers are located in what can be considered southern states; of the 718 monuments and statues, about 300 are located in Georgia, Virginia, or North Carolina.

There have been calls to remove statues in other cities as well.

Heyer's mother told a memorial service on Thursday that her daughter's killers tried to silence her.

President Jefferson, for all his flaws, also helped grow our country (in more ways than one), writing the Declaration of Independence, creating the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, making the Louisiana Purchase, selling his personal library to rebuild the Library of Congress and founding the University of Virginia - to name a few.

  • Jack Mann