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Title: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Tanksleyd on August 12, 2017, 05:40:18 pm
Cato 1739, Philly 1787,  Sumter 1861, Tulsa 1921, Rodney King 1993, The Birth(er) of Donald Trump 2016
And now Virginia, August 12, 2017 a question remains
Will we ever learn the obvious
Good Riddence
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Hypestyle on August 12, 2017, 08:56:54 pm
Trump and his confederates need to get the f*ck out of the country.  They all need to quit.  Resign.  I'm firing off nonstop poison pen letters to these morons.

They're obsessed with calling out 'Radical Islamic Terror" but they're scared to death to be just as up front about condemning Radical White Supremacy and Militia Movements.

The Reprobate-In-Chief most of all deserves a catastrophically horrible end to his political career and his "main" career.  Bankruptcy.  Prison. I don't care.

The "far left" has never controlled a governorship.  Never controlled a state assembly.  Never been in control of a state board of education.  Never had outright dominance of Congress.  Not once.  Not ever.  But the opposite is quite true, on all fronts.  This is our new normal, which is really an old one.

None of these GOP officials have anything to say to me that's substantive or sensible.  It's all off the rails f*cked up.  Everybody on that side of the fence better leave me the f*ck alone from now on. I'm not having it, and I'm sick of being high-minded about what the "progressive" response should be.

Trump or his lieutenants better not visit Detroit.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 12, 2017, 10:41:56 pm
The two state troopers who were killed in that helicopter crash overlooking the turmoil, their souls are in the netherworld:

state trooper one:  "What da hell?!  How did we get here?"

state trooper two:  "Yew flew tew low."

state trooper one: "Nah...  Ah voted fer drumpf.  That's what happened."
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: MindofShadow on August 13, 2017, 04:44:56 am
I dont even wanna check and see wat this is about.

Sigh.. cant wait fir all my white over 30 pts to tell me wat happened whike i have to nod and smile and pretend i dontvwanna choke the life out of their racist ass
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: APEXABYSS on August 13, 2017, 02:15:48 pm
Yup, it’s all bad! I don’t mind peaceful/non-violent protests. That’s why I still give Colin Kaepernick credit for conducting a silent protest to hi-light injustice. Now he’s treated like some radical. Sucks!

These so-called hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan & their supporters rally around the removal of the General Lee statue. Big deal! Sad irony=  A Dodge Charger mowed into a crowd. Dayum! peace to the victims

The iconic Dukes Of Hazzard "General Lee" Dodge Charger

I kept hearing words like “nationalism”... that’s a separate conversation & one I think they should keep the focus on. Maybe, supporting a statue is really a way to continue the confederate ideology of nationalism vs. federalism. Bottomline- I think they just wanted to “Show-out”

Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2017, 06:14:52 am
emperor puppetine's CEO assigned on the American Manufacturing Council disgusted by what happened in Virginia just resigned.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Vic Vega on August 14, 2017, 06:49:36 am
I remember doing a Student Rally years ago where we walked from one CUNY campus to another (we were protesting high tuition fees).

Completely peaceful in actions and intent.

THE ENTIRE TIME we were flanked on either side with a row of Cops in single file with their rifles out(!).

But apparently a whole horde of White Supremacists can march on the seat of government in Virginia without the Cops showing up.

Until AFTER the violence had already started.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: MindofShadow on August 14, 2017, 07:34:27 am
I remember doing a Student Rally years ago where we walked from one CUNY campus to another (we were protesting high tuition fees).

Completely peaceful in actions and intent.

THE ENTIRE TIME we were flanked on either side with a row of Cops in single file with their rifles out(!).

But apparently a whole horde of White Supremacists can march on the seat of government in Virginia without the Cops showing up.

Until AFTER the violence had already started.

BLack people are dangerous. It's in the genes

White Supremacists, KKK, and Nazis have a history of being completely peaceful and non violent
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2017, 07:53:43 am
I remember doing a Student Rally years ago where we walked from one CUNY campus to another (we were protesting high tuition fees).

Completely peaceful in actions and intent.

THE ENTIRE TIME we were flanked on either side with a row of Cops in single file with their rifles out(!).

But apparently a whole horde of White Supremacists can march on the seat of government in Virginia without the Cops showing up.

Until AFTER the violence had already started.

Do you know that the Virginia police sat on the sideline during that rally because they were actually outgunned &
outflanked by those terrorists?

In fact, every Virginia elected official sat idly by and did nothing until after the carnage was over.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Vic Vega on August 14, 2017, 09:05:27 am
I remember doing a Student Rally years ago where we walked from one CUNY campus to another (we were protesting high tuition fees).

Completely peaceful in actions and intent.

THE ENTIRE TIME we were flanked on either side with a row of Cops in single file with their rifles out(!).

But apparently a whole horde of White Supremacists can march on the seat of government in Virginia without the Cops showing up.

Until AFTER the violence had already started.

Do you know that the Virginia police sat on the sideline during that rally because they were actually outgunned &
outflanked by those terrorists?

In fact, every Virginia elected official sat idly by and did nothing until after the carnage was over.

The inaction has been noted on several fronts:*cked-the-dog-in-ch-1797781413 (*cked-the-dog-in-ch-1797781413)

It’s all been reminiscent of what happens after some big state school loses a game in any college town where white people burn sh*t to the ground and some random dude goes to jail for jay-walking.

The closest thing to an explanation for the Police's inaction was that something along the lines of
"Us small town folks aren't used to y'all's big city riots" and "W-we tried our best" from various spokespeople.

If even 20 members of the Nation of Islam had decided to march anywhere in Virginal those f*ckers would have called out the National Guard.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2017, 09:55:12 am
Check it out, y'all...

emperor puppetine is about make a squeek at the podium regarding the VA incident any minute.
Now, I'm not going to watch it live 'cause I don't consider anything that comes out of his piehole of any importance but notice the portrait of george washington placed behind him...

Fun fact: Didja know that george washington died of gonnorhea?  ;D

So, just keep this trivia in mind while the acting president is bullsh*tting the American people (and the world). :)
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on August 14, 2017, 11:02:35 am
Fun fact: Didja know that george washington died of gonnorhea?  ;D

How would one know that?
Here's an article from (
And another, George Washington’s Terminal Illness: A Modern Medical Analysis of the Last Illness and Death of George Washington (
None of that sounds like the symptoms of gonorrhea (

Back to our regularly scheduled topic:
I guess some kind of showing out like this was inevitable. We already know white supremacy is embedded in America's operating system. The rise of Trump signaled to some that it was OK to be outwardly racist in the mainstream.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: JRCarter on August 14, 2017, 11:18:24 am

Fun fact: Didja know that george washington died of gonnorhea?  ;D

I thought it was syphilis.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Vic Vega on August 14, 2017, 01:11:45 pm
Fun fact: Didja know that george washington died of gonnorhea?  ;D

How would one know that?
Here's an article from ([url][/url])
And another, George Washington’s Terminal Illness: A Modern Medical Analysis of the Last Illness and Death of George Washington ([url][/url]).
None of that sounds like the symptoms of gonorrhea ([url][/url]).

Back to our regularly scheduled topic:
I guess some kind of showing out like this was inevitable. We already know white supremacy is embedded in America's operating system. The rise of Trump signaled to some that it was OK to be outwardly racist in the mainstream.

One wonders what these people would do if they were ever ACTUALLY oppressed.

This happened because one of their Confederate  icons is getting his statue taken down.

That was enough to get them to arm themselves with guns and torches while dressing up like a member of Kobra.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2017, 01:41:20 pm
Fun fact: Didja know that george washington died of gonnorhea?  ;D

How would one know that?

It seems that everyone has this romanticized, god-like impression of him when the Revolution went down when in reality, he was nothing more than a drunken burley soldier chasing skirts. He's the reason the founding members created the Constitution, Bill Of Rights and Declaration Of Independence but not for the reasons everyone thinks.  :)

The dirty secret is that this country was founded on Lies, Murder & Cheating in more ways than anyone thinks.

Dig deeper, Metcalf...

It's true.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2017, 01:47:12 pm

I thought it was syphilis.

God, I luv ya, bruh! :)

I definitely know he died of a venereal disease but am uncertain which one it was.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 14, 2017, 05:46:28 pm
Another puppetine CEO assigned on the American Manufacturing Council disgusted by what happened in Virginia just resigned!

---and ---

Another confederate statue was pulled in Durham, North Carolina!
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 15, 2017, 04:16:50 am
A third ceo has left emperor puppetine's American Manufacturing Council in less than 24 hours!
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on August 15, 2017, 06:56:31 am
Fun fact: Didja know that george washington died of gonnorhea?  ;D

How would one know that?

It seems that everyone has this romanticized, god-like impression of him when the Revolution went down when in reality, he was nothing more than a drunken burley soldier chasing skirts. He's the reason the founding members created the Constitution, Bill Of Rights and Declaration Of Independence but not for the reasons everyone thinks.  :)

The dirty secret is that this country was founded on Lies, Murder & Cheating in more ways than anyone thinks.

Dig deeper, Metcalf...

It's true.
Brother Battle, my question was sincere, how would we know? What evidence is there? I was intrigued by your claim so I had a quick peek online. The written accounts of his death don't seem to support the claim. What are your sources?

It's certainly possible that he contracted an STD but it doesn't seem likely that it was the cause of his death. The symptoms don't match up.

I'm not buying into mythical portrayals of any founding fathers. GW was a slave owner. For me, that's hard to top whatever else was wrong with the man.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Emperorjones on August 15, 2017, 09:34:14 am
Good question. It will be interesting to see if Battle actually provides any evidence to back up his claims. 
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 15, 2017, 02:00:19 pm
Brother Battle, my question was sincere, how would we know? What evidence is there? I was intrigued by your claim so I had a quick peek online. The written accounts of his death don't seem to support the claim. What are your sources?

It's certainly possible that he contracted an STD but it doesn't seem likely that it was the cause of his death. The symptoms don't match up.

I'm not buying into mythical portrayals of any founding fathers. GW was a slave owner. For me, that's hard to top whatever else was wrong with the man.

You're not gonna find that kind of information online.  :)

A lot (I mean, A LOT) of unflattering personal stuff about previous presidents is not going to be archived in the history books, instead, gets ' 'heard through the grapevine'. You learn this living in the South.


Horton Hears A Who?

There's a television ad for Ancestry dot com out there where a white woman discovers that she is the great, great, granddaughter of george washington which caused quite a flurry of gossip from that 'grapevine' from my side of the monitor. There are entire communities of Centurians in the South that retain a lot of secrets others don't want others to know, but, y'know how that goes... people talk.  :)

Maybe that's what they meant by the term 'founding father'.  :D

Yes, I agree with you, I'm not impressed by mythical portrayals of founding members of the American Revolution. washington was a no good slaver that betrayed the British by manipulating people through the infamous Culpepper Spy Ring for his own inscrutable purposes...

...and got away with it.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Hypestyle on August 16, 2017, 08:57:15 am
i'm writing letters to anyone who will listen.  And even those who probably won't.  Senators, congressmen, newspapers, TV... I want this motherf*cker gone.  Gone, jailed, bankrupted, whatever.  I get triggered just seeing him on television now.   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 17, 2017, 12:43:44 pm
Regarding the vehicular terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain:

Nearly 8 hours have passed and still no comment condemning this incident from Russia's puppet.

The particulars of this attack seem kinda familiar but I'm not exactly sure why... 


Almost like something that happened last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Hmmm-m-m...  (


Very familiar...
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 18, 2017, 04:04:53 pm
The Entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Just Resigned

According to ElectricLiterature dot com, citing the president’s unwillingness to unequivocally condemn white supremacists and Nazis, 16 of the 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned en masse.

“Art is about inclusion,” wrote the committee, which includes artist Chuck Close and author Jhumpa Lahiri. “The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both.” This is the first official White House committee to resign.

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Hypestyle on August 18, 2017, 04:27:11 pm
hmm.. so come 2020, I wonder what the heck is the 'progressive' candidate going to say regarding the Trump die-hards among the electorate that continue to exist in vast swathes out there...  They made an incredibly f*cked up choice, but of course, the likely mandate will to be seek out some type of "uniting"/reconciliation tone-- and of course, "aiming for the center"..  ::)

sigh-- I guess we'll see..   :-\
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 18, 2017, 05:04:32 pm
hmm.. so come 2020, I wonder what the heck is the 'progressive' candidate going to say regarding the Trump die-hards among the electorate that continue to exist in vast swathes out there...  They made an incredibly f*cked up choice, but of course, the likely mandate will to be seek out some type of "uniting"/reconciliation tone-- and of course, "aiming for the center"..  ::)

sigh-- I guess we'll see..   :-\

2020?!?   ???

This psychopath in the Executive's Mansion has to make it to October of this year(where there is an October surprise waiting for him).
Then there's 2018... the much anticipated Mid-Term Elections.

For the moment, one could reasonably deduce that the rally and terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia precipitated what happened in Barcelona, Spain considering that both incidents involved a terrorist member operating a vehicle slamming into a crowd of people with intent to kill as many people as possible.

Think about it...
1 American confirmed dead way on the other side of the world in Barcelona, Spain after the acting president of the United States' remarks defending the actions of domestic terrorists right here on American soil where another American was killed.

His days are numbered.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Hypestyle on August 18, 2017, 05:47:08 pm
I suppose my cynicism knows no bounds, where it concerns the whims of people who vote for the contemporary GOP culture.  Time and again, when these "salt of the earth" folks have had a chance to make a choice for a mature, reasonable candidate-- relatively conservative or not-- they often make the choice of the hardline ideologue.

Despite the esteemed Pres. Obama's two great wins, they were of course, semi-pyrrhic victories: both terms were marred by GOP officials that decided to say "hell no!" from Day One, and once the 2010 elections hit, it was even more so full steam ahead with the crazy.

I’ve already reached my wit’s end. Entrenched cultural entitlements and casual racial supremacy views are at the core of this. People can rationalize all they want about why they voted for Trump- economic anxieties, dissatisfaction with "Washington gridlock", etc..  Despite The Orange Skull's atrocious lack of formal credentials, policy experience or even a professional demeanor, he became the darling of Make America Great (for white people) Again. Clearly his most ardent supporters are either capable of compartmentalizing to an obscene degree, at minimum, or are just plain dim-witted and defiantly ignorant. (I don't care.  Just sent a letter to him outlining all my gripes, including my aforementioned choice of words).  These folks seem to have no connection to empathy for vulnerable populations. (Yes, I know some dim-witted/'misguided' people of color voted for the dude-- I hope they're getting what they want, I don't see a blessed positive thing.)  Trump's Caucasian demographics still hold on to the tacit racial promise of being morally superior to anyone who is not white and protestant Christian (of course, there are some "alt-right" Catholics out there, too, e.g, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani). It doesn't matter whether they openly, consciously identify with the KKK and Nazis or not. Many don't. However, the antediluvian social attitudes and conclusions persist. This has historically filtered into the results of any number of elections at all levels, not just the President.

I certainly don't-- and will not-- endorse shooting at anyone or attacking folks unprovoked. However, the mainstream narrative concerning the "far left" is extremely dishonest. especially now in the Tea Party era. Republican social circles have lurched further into right-wing ideology for well over, what, 50 years now?  It manifested in the white resentment vs. the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, which contributed greatly to the racial disinvestment and hollowing out of many major cities like Detroit, Gary, Baltimore and elsewhere; it manifested with the "Christian Coalition" groups that began gaining local influence in the 1970s (see: boards of education, county commissions, state assemblies, etc.); despite paying lip-service to faith-driven values in policy (which most reasonable people could find attractive), their conclusions were frequently myopic and hostile to non-WASPs, urban people of color and vulnerable populations in general; it manifested in the "Reagan Democrats" who signed on to GOP culture in the 1980s and the Neo-Cons who took power in the 1990s under former House speaker Newt Gingrich—and cemented their status under president George W. Bush.

It's all part of a chronology of hard right wing white animosity against "The Other". It isn't rational because it doesn't have to be. It justifies itself, regardless of lack of logic and lack of empathy. Trump and his entire regime needs to resign. But they likely won't. The entrenched racism, misogyny and anti-Semitism of today's GOP needs to be purged. But it likely won't. Its practitioners love it too much-- consciously or unconsciously. Further, those who benefit from it politically get to retain their status and influence. A tragedy and a shame.

So come 2018-- with the gerrymandered Congressional and state assembly districts-- I don't know what's going to radically change.  I personally feel that most folks who are GOP candidates are going to double-triple-quadruple-quintuple-down on the Tea Party bullet points.  Likely any "moderate" GOP (and what is really moderate now?  Not calling for a muslim ban but basically co-signing on everything else including repealing the ACASheesh....) is going to face scorched earth tactics from whoever feels that Trump is possibly too soft, lol.  Democratic candidates?  Well, we'll see-- Seems like, nationwide, the Dems are already poised to go chasing after "left-behind white middle America" at the expense of a progressive base AGAIN.... if the DNC nationwide can prioritize cultivating multicultural candidates, that is important in my book.  Also, candidates need to articulate genuine progressive values and not reflexively going out of their way to prove their Law & Order bonafides and signaling their disdain for anything that smacks of "liberal", who knows, maybe some of them might have a chance.  Expanding voting rights should be a priority- criminal justice reform should be a priority.  Not dismantling the Affordable Care Act should be a priority.

Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 19, 2017, 10:58:19 pm
Wanted to extend my deepest condolences to the woman who stood valiantly and firm against tyranny & evil, Ms. Heather Heyer and became the person who convinced the world that every single one those confederate statutes should be removed.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 20, 2017, 03:15:37 pm
Germany understands what's happening loud and clear.


"The True Face Of donald drumphf"
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on August 27, 2017, 12:32:08 pm

Exit... stage alt. right!
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Hypestyle on August 27, 2017, 04:44:20 pm
if/when he lasts a full four years (argh), then I guess 45 is getting a library?
Good lord, what the hell is that situation going to look like...  ::)
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Mastrmynd on August 28, 2017, 11:24:47 am
if/when he lasts a full four years (argh), then I guess 45 is getting a library?
Good lord, what the hell is that situation going to look like...  ::)

Its going to be a bigly liberry. Yuge!
The best liberry.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on April 18, 2018, 04:03:34 am
Statue of doctor who experimented on enslaved women removed from Central Park
by Gabriela Milian

Tuesday April 17th 2018



New York (CNN) — A statue of Dr. James Marion Sims is being removed on Tuesday from Central Park.

The decision was approved by New York City's Public Design Commission after Mayor Bill de Blasio created the task force following protests across the country over Confederate statues.

The city will relocate the statue, erected in 1894, to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, where Sims is buried, according to the mayor's office.

The design commission on Monday voted unanimously, 7-0, to move the statue.

Sims was a surgeon in the 19th century who conducted experiments on women, usually women of color and mostly enslaved black women.

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on May 02, 2018, 11:51:10 pm
First Attacker Convicted in Beating at Charlottesville Rally

by Daniel Victor

Thursday May 3rd, 2018

jacob s. goodwin, who was accused of brutally beating a Black man at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, was convicted on a felony count of malicious wounding on Tuesday, making him the first M/Fer to face judgement for one of the event's most prominent acts of violence.

According to a local NBC affiliate, jurors recommended goodwin, 23, of Ward, Arkansas, face 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine and a rehabilitation or empathy plan.

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on May 04, 2018, 04:26:02 am
Second white attacker is found guilty in the beating of a Black man in a parking garage during Charlottesville protests

by Ray Sanches & Chuck Johnston, CNN

Thursday May 3rd 2018

A 34-year-old Georgia perp faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty in the beating of an African-American man during racially charged protests last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia.

alex michael ramos was among a group of attackers captured on widely shared cell phone video in the August 12 beating of DeAndre Harris.

A Charlottesville Circuit Court jury on Thursday convicted Ramos of malicious wounding, according to court clerk Llezelle Agustin Dugger

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on July 30, 2018, 02:28:08 am
Friday July 17th 2018

Justices: Suit by drumphf backers against police can proceed for essentially inciting a riot
by Associated Press


SACRAMENTO, Ca - A federal appeals court on Friday allowed supporters of then-presidential candidate drumpf to proceed with a lawsuit alleging they were beaten after San Jose police steered them into a crowd of anti-drumphf protesters.

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on January 15, 2019, 08:29:34 pm
Tuesday, 15th December 2019
Silent Sam Removed!
by Will Michaels, Elizabeth Baier & Lisa Phili


North Carolina's flagship public university removed the pedestal where a now toppled Confederate statue, known as "Silent Sam," once stood on a main campus quad, early Tuesday morning.
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill announced at 1 a.m. that the removal had begun, and by 2:40 it was all over.

A work crew with a large truck, a forklift and floodlights took the last piece of the base from the main quad, leading to cheers from a crowd that had gathered to watch.

The surprise removal was ordered Monday by Chancellor Carol Folt, who also announced that she will step down.

Though Folt said she would resign at the end of the school year, the university's Board of Governors voted on Tuesday to make her resignation effective Jan. 31.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Folt said her resignation is not connected to her decision to remove the remnants of the monument from campus.

She said she did not want her job status to be part of her decision about the monument.

"I have not used it in that way," Folt told reporters.

"That's not how I've thought about it. I try to do the right thing regardless of that effect on my job situation.

And it may be hard to believe, but that's absolutely how I operate."

Folt said she believed it was time for her to move on after checking off a list of accomplishments like meeting fundraising goals and leading the school through an academic scandal.

Board of Governors Chair Harry Smith said the move to end Folt's time at UNC early is not meant to punish the chancellor.

"We just felt strongly that based on where we're at here, in order to move the institution forward that we needed to make a change," Smith said.

"That's not punitive in any way, shape form or fashion.

She resigned and we accepted it.

We just felt it was better to compress the timeline and work more toward a healing process."


The statue had stood on a main campus quad from 1913 until it was torn down by protesters in August 2018.

Folt announced her resignation in a campuswide email and said she was concerned about safety at the site that continues to draw protesters for and against the statue, but she gave no timetable for taking away the massive pedestal and bronze memorial plaques.

The items will go into storage while their fate is decided.

"The presence of the remaining parts of the monument on campus poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and well-being of our community and to our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment," Folt said in her letter to the Carolina community.

"The fact that despite our best efforts even since then, threats have continued to grow and place our community at serious risk has led me to authorize this action."

Last month, the board overseeing North Carolina's public universities rejected the UNC Trustees' plan for a center to house a Confederate statue on the Chapel Hill campus.

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on February 20, 2019, 09:00:24 am
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Detroit City Council vetoes Autorama stunt, objects to Confederate flag

by Jonathon Ramsey

Detroit's Autorama hot rod show will stage its 67th annual event next month, and wants to kick off with Burt Reynolds tribute.

The plan is to re-create the Mulberry Bridge jump from "Smokey and the Bandit" using a movie-correct 1977 Pontiac Trans Am.

But the Detroit City Council voted 7-1 to prohibit the jump.


Because the Trans Am's front license plate holder displays the former Georgia state flag, a portion of which is the Confederate national flag, and the city council doesn't like that.

In the movie, Bo "Bandit" Darville was a Georgia driving legend, and the flag on the car was Georgia's flag at the time.

Councilman Scott Benson laid out the council's position when he said that the car "still proudly flies a Confederate flag, which is a symbol of oppression, slavery, as well as home-bred American terrorism.

So this body said we are not going to support that type of symbolism nor the audacity to support that type of activity in the city of Detroit."

It seems part of the council's ire comes from the same event two years ago.

A stunt group called the Northeast Ohio Dukes re-created a "Dukes of Hazzard" jump in 2017 using a series-correct 1969 Dodge Charger, complete with a Confederate flag on the roof.

Benson said the stunt group "expressly said they would not display that [Confederate flag] symbol during the jump."

Not only was it displayed, but when driver Raymond Kohn gave interviews after the jump, his driving suit featured the Stainless Banner on the collar.

Seems the council has been grinding its axe in silence for two years. Now Benson accuses Autorama of "a history of supporting images and symbols of racism, oppression, and white supremacy."

Autorama is certain to take place March 1-3 at Cobo Center.

This year's show will have around 800 cars on display, along with a special exhibit of 17 low riders and a Batmobile built by Flint native Carl Casper.

Even if the Bandit car doesn't make the jump, the Trans Am and other memorabilia from the film will be there.

A spokeswoman for Autorama said, "We are continuing to work to try to resolve this with the city."

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Hypestyle on February 22, 2019, 08:49:28 am

The General Lee jump from last year-  It got live coverage from the local TV news stations.

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I missed the North America International Auto show.  Not sure if I'll end up checking this out instead.
Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on April 28, 2019, 01:35:57 am
Sunday, 28th April 2019
New Jersey Park Removes Mississippi Flag From Local Display, Denounces Its Confederate Roots

by CBS News NY


(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) – A battle between two governors is brewing over a flag in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park.

Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered the Mississippi state flag removed from a display that includes each of the 50 state flags and overlooks the Statue of Liberty.

The Mississippi flag displays a confederate battle emblem in the upper left corner.

Murphy said, because of that, the flag does not reflect the values of “inclusivity and equality.”

Murphy said he made the decision after Democratic state Sen. Sandra Cunningham raised the issue with him.

Cunningham said in a statement that the flag symbolized “an era of hate, violence, and division.”

On Saturday, Mississippi’s governor, Phil Bryant, said he’s disappointed in the decision and that his state’s voters should decide what is represented on their flag and what is not.

Mississippians, who voted in a 2001 statewide election, chose to keep the flag.

Several Mississippi cities and counties and all eight of the state’s public universities have stopped flying it in recent years amid criticism that the battle emblem is a racist reminder of slavery and segregation.

Supporters of the flag say it represents history. ("Yeah... a cowardly, creepy racist history"

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Wednesday, 28th August 2019
Mississippi seeks review of plan to move Confederate monument
by Jeff Amy


The University of Mississippi said Wednesday that it's moving ahead with plans to transfer a Confederate soldier monument from its central location on campus to a spot near a secluded Confederate cemetery.

In an email sent to students, faculty and staff, interim Chancellor Larry Sparks wrote that the university submitted plans Tuesday to take down, move and reassemble the monument.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History must review and approve the university's plans.

College Board trustees, who govern Mississippi's eight public universities, must also approve the move.

Sparks agreed in March to calls from faculty, students and staff to move the marble soldier and base from near the school's historic heart.

The monument has stood sentry there since 1906, when the United Daughters of the Confederacy commissioned it.

The monument is 29 feet (8.8 meters) tall and weighs 40,000 pounds (18,000 kilograms).

Plans call for moving it outside a cemetery in a less prominent area of the Oxford campus that holds graves of Confederate soldiers killed at the battle of Shiloh.

A new concrete walkway would be built leading to the cemetery, with the monument installed along it.

Founded in 1848, the university has worked in fits and starts the past two decades to distance itself from Confederate imagery.

Since 2016, Ole Miss has installed plaques to provide historical context about the monument and about slaves who built some pre-Civil War campus buildings.

Critics who call the monument a symbol of slavery and white supremacy have pressed for its relocation while others insist it remain standing as a key part of Southern history.

Pro-Confederate groups from outside the university rallied at the statue Feb. 23, calling in part for its preservation, and Ole Miss men's basketball players knelt during the national anthem at a game that day to protest those activities.

Some conservative political groups in Mississippi are pushing for Ole Miss to stop making changes to Confederate symbols.

Similar protests have played out around the country as other Confederate monuments have fallen in recent years, including on some college campuses, following the 2015 racially motivated massacre at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The shooter had posted pictures of himself with a Confederate battle flag on social media.

A 2004 Mississippi law says war monuments, including those commemorating the Confederacy, can't be altered.

But they can be moved to a "more suitable location."

Sparks echoed that language in his email.

"I reiterate that this will place the monument in a more suitable location, one that is commensurate with the purpose that is etched on its side," Sparks wrote, referring to an inscription that reads in part,

"To our Confederate dead."

Plans released Wednesday call for placing a 10-foot-high (3-meter-high) screened fence around the current monument while it is disassembled, with university police officers providing security.

Plans propose taking the monument down and moving it on a single truck in one day, and then reassembling it in two more days.

The plaque discussing the monument's historical context is supposed to travel with it.

The plans call for 90 days to complete the whole project, including building the new walkway, with proposals from contractors to be received by October 30, 2019.

It's unclear if the university will have approval to start by then.

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Wednesday, 20th November 2019
Another Confederate monument comes down, this time in North Carolina

by Jason Hanna and Joe Sutton

A Confederate monument that had stood in front of a North Carolina courthouse for 112 years was taken down overnight after months of debate and protests.

Crews used cranes early Wednesday to remove the monument -- a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier atop a marble pedestal -- from its spot outside the Chatham County courthouse in Pittsboro, roughly a 35-mile drive west of Raleigh.


It was the latest Confederate memorial in the South to be moved in the past few years amid a national debate about their purpose and necessity.

The county Board of Commissioners voted in August to remove the statue, CNN affiliate WRAL reported.

That sparked a court challenge by the group that donated the statue in 1907, the Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

A judge ruled this month that the group did not give sufficient evidence supporting the monument's continued presence in front of the courthouse, CNN affiliate WTVD reported.


The statue and pedestal "will be transported to a safe location where they will be preserved and stored" until the Winnie Davis chapter "finds a more appropriate location to place them," the county said in a news release.

A few dozen people gathered to watch the removal after the county announced late Tuesday that it was about to happen, CNN affiliates reported.

Robert Butler, a supporter of the monument, told WRAL that its removal was heartbreaking.

"A statue's never hurt a soul, just like a grave memorial. Do they hurt anybody?" he said.

Anderson Ritter told WRAL that he supported the takedown.

"It represents stuff that never really should have happened, and it kind of memorializes and makes it seem good," Ritter told WRAL.

"I and other people don't agree with that."

Debate over the monument's future sparked protests against and for its removal in recent weeks.

A fight erupted Saturday between pro-monument demonstrators and counter protesters, leading to the arrests of 11 people, WTVD reported.

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Wednesday, 14th January 2020
'Unifying' art replaces mural that featured confederate flag


(TALLAHASSEE, Florida) - The Florida Senate on Tuesday unveiled a gleaming new piece of art at one of its most-visited corridors in the state Capitol, after removing an old mural that included the Confederate flag.

The new artwork — a huge piece of wood in the shape of the state — represents the latest effort by lawmakers to strip away the divisive symbol from its official emblems amid scrutiny in recent years over public monuments to the Confederacy.

The original “Five Flags” mural was commissioned by the Senate in 1978.

Senate officials said the renovation of the chambers in 2016 prompted the removal of the mural, but it was never returned to the space it occupied for nearly 40 years at the public entrance of the Senate gallery.

The five flags refer to the banners that once flew over the state, including the Confederate flag.

The 10- foot -by-16- foot (3-meter-by-5-meter) mural is now on display about an hour's drive from the capital city, at a bank in downtown Perry, Florida, where Senate officials said,

“it continues to serve as an educational tool, depicting various scenes and figures in our Florida history for patrons and visitors.”

The new artwork also includes the Senate's revamped seal, which was also recently changed to remove the Confederate flag.

In a brief ceremony Tuesday morning, Senate President Bill Galvano noted that the space on the Capitol's fifth floor was among the most visited in the state Capitol.

Galvano called the artwork “timeless, unifying, and welcoming.”

“It was my goal to establish here a piece of artwork that represents the state of Florida, it's uniqueness and its resiliency.”

The commissioned piece was crafted by Tallahassee artist and furniture maker Barry Miller.

The main feature of the installation is a huge block of pecky cypress cut in the shape of the state.

The wood was salvaged from an old fallen cypress dredged from the Ocklawaha River in North Central Florida.

Its wood is streaked with tunnels, giving it visual texture.

The tunneling is especially appropriate because it is adjacent to the galleries from which the public can watch Senate floor proceedings.

The tunnels, often made by insects or fungus, are sometimes referred to as galleries.

“When people visit the Florida Senate, they can take pride as they walk past this and into the chamber,” Galvano said.

“Like the pecky cypress wood from which it was constructed," he said,

"this new sculpture signifies the resilient and enduring spirit of past, present, and future generations of Floridians.”

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Monday, 20th April 2o2o
Kentucky courthouse confederate flag removed after criticism
by Associated Press


(BENTON, Kentucky) - A local official in Kentucky has ordered the removal of a Confederate flag outside a county courthouse that has drawn criticism since its recent placement there.

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Sunday, 26th April 2o2o
Marine Corps Bans Public Display of Confederate Flag
by Derrick Bryson Taylor

The commandant of the Marine Corps has banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag, a symbol that he said had the “power to inflame” division.

“I am mindful that many people believe that flag to be a symbol of heritage and regional pride,” Gen. David H. Berger said in a letter dated Monday and addressed to his fellow Marines.

“But I am also mindful of the feelings of pain and rejection of those who inherited the cultural memory and present effects of the scourge of slavery in our country.”

The intent behind the ban was not to judge the meaning that individual Marines ascribe to the symbol, he said, but rather to help build “a uniquely capable warfighting team whose members come from all walks of life.”

The flag has the “power to inflame feelings of division,” he said, adding,

“I cannot have that division inside our Corps.”

All Marine Corps installations have regulations prohibiting the display of symbols related to hate speech, guidelines that General Berger said were intended to foster an environment that promotes unity and security.


He ended his letter by asking Marines to focus on the symbols that unite them: the eagle, globe and anchor.

It was not immediately clear if the ban would apply to clothing and cars owned by Marines when they are off base and off duty.

The Marine Corps did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

The announcement came two months after General Berger ordered the removal of all Confederate paraphernalia from Marine Corps installations, according to CNN.

It was one of several directives, some of which he announced on Twitter, for “immediate execution.” Among them were revisions of the corps’s paternal leave policy and its enlistment policy, to disqualify applicants with a domestic violence conviction.

General Berger’s announcement follows years of national debate over the removal of Confederate flags and monuments from parks, public squares and college campuses across the South.

In June 2015, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina ordered that the Confederate battle flag be permanently lowered from the grounds of the State House after decades of political battles.

Four years later, Ms. Haley was criticized after she told a conservative radio host that the flag had symbolized “service, sacrifice and heritage” for some people in the state until Dylann S. Roof, who fatally shot nine African-American churchgoers in a racially motivated rampage in Charleston in 2015, “hijacked” it.

Statues and other monuments symbolizing the Old South have also been the subject of intense debate.

In November, a Confederate monument in Pittsboro, N.C., was removed from outside a courthouse where it had stood for 112 years, following months of what the chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners described as “high emotions, division and even violence.”

Some cities have even gone so far as to auction off their Confederate statues.
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Post by: Battle on June 05, 2020, 12:28:50 pm
Friday, 5th June 2o2o
Alabama City Removes Confederate Statue Without Notice
by Associated Press


(MOBILE, Alabama) — Alabama's port city removed a statue of a Confederate naval officer early Friday after days of protests over the police killing of George Floyd, with the mayor saying the monument was a “potential distraction” to focusing on the city's future.

The bronze likeness of Admiral Raphael Semmes, which stood in a middle of a downtown street near the Mobile waterfront for 120 years, had become a flash point for protest in the Gulf Coast city.

Vandalized during a demonstration this week and then cleaned by the city, it was removed overnight without any public notice.

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Post by: Battle on June 06, 2020, 02:29:58 pm
Saturday, 6th June 2o2o

According to Representative Jennifer Wexton on Twitter, "Soon Virginia will take down another statue of robert e. lee. Last year, @RepMcEachin and I wrote @GovernorVA to begin the process to remove Lee's statue from our nation's Capitol.

That process is currently underway."
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Post by: Hypestyle on June 07, 2020, 11:40:44 am
it's way past time to get rid of these confederate monuments. I wish I could see them all put on a huge barge, sent into the gulf of mexico and set on fire.
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Post by: Battle on June 07, 2020, 11:43:22 pm
Monday, 8th June 2o2o
British slave trader statue pulled down in George Floyd demonstration
by DW


Protesters in the UK pulled down the state of a infamous slave trader and threw it in a harbor on Sunday, the second day of global weekend demonstrations against the death of an American man at the hands of the police.

"Today I witness history," William Want tweeted from the city of Bristol.

"The statue of Edward Colston, a Bristol slave trader, was torn down, defaced, and thrown in the river. #BlackLivesMatter."

Footage of the event shot by witnesses showed a crowd of a few dozen people as they tied a rope around the neck of the statue before pulling it to the ground.

They then carried it to the harbor, where protesters shoved it into the water, where it sank.

The statue's face had been smeared with red paint.

According to police reports, around 10,000 people attended Bristol's Black Lives Matter demonstration on Sunday.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel called the act "utterly disgraceful."

"That speaks to the acts of public disorder that actually have now become a distraction from the cause which the people are actually protesting about," Patel told Sky News.

Labour Party lawmaker Clive Lewis tweeted support for the statue's removal.

"Someone responsible for immeasurable blood & suffering. We'll never solve structural racism till we get to grips with our history in all its complexity. #BLM," he wrote.

In 1680, Colston started working for the Royal African Company, a mercantile company with a monopoly on the West African slave trade.

At that time, the company was transporting around 5,000 enslaved Africans a year.

Colston went on to develop a reputation as a philanthropist in Bristol.

Protesters around the globe have turned their frustrations towards controversial statues.


On Saturday, protesters in the United States brought down a statue of a Confederate general in Richmond, Virginia.

Such statues are a flashpoint of controversy in the US.

A small group of protesters pulled down the statue of General Williams Carter Wickham, erected in 1891.

In 2017, some of Wickham's descendants had called for the statue to be removed.

A city in the US state of Michigan on Friday chose to remove a controversial monument to the city's longest-serving mayor after the protests reignited calls for its removal.

A crew removed the statue of Orville Hubbard, a polarizing figure who supported segregationist policies and made racist comments throughout his 35-year tenure as the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, a post he held until 1977.

The statue had become a "divisive symbol rather than a unifying one," a city spokeswoman said.


Video footage on social medial showed protesters in Brussels on Sunday as they gathered are a statue of former King Leopold II.

Leopold is said to have overseen the death of 10 million Congolese people.

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Post by: Battle on June 08, 2020, 01:20:08 pm
Monday, 8th June 2o2o
Louisville removes the Castleman statue!
by Ryan W. Miller


(LOUISVILLE, Kentucky) — After roughly 107 years, the statue of confederate traitor John B. Castleman came down in Louisville's Cherokee Triangle Monday morning.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has supported removal of the statue for several years, saying that Castleman's ties to the confederacy serve as a relic of hate.

And after weeks of protests over the fatal police shootings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, Fischer said now is an especially poignant time to remove a divisive statue.

"The events of the past weeks have shown clearly that it’s not enough just to face our history — we’ve got to address its impact on our present," Fischer said in a statement Monday.


"Too many people are suffering today because the promises of justice and equality enshrined in our Constitution are unfulfilled by a society that devalues African-American lives and denies African Americans justice, opportunity and equity," he continued.

"That’s got to change. People want and deserve action. We need a transformation.”


According to the city, the plan is to place the statue at Cave Hill Cemetery, where Castleman is buried.

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Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'
by Miles Parks


As trunk 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.

More than 30 cities either have removed or are removing confederate monuments, according to a list compiled by The New York Times, and trunk said Thursday that in the process, the history and culture of the country was being "ripped apart."

Groups like the sons of confederate Veterans defend the monuments, arguing they are an important part of history.

One of the leaders of that group, Carl V. Jones, wrote a letter on August 14th condemning the violence and "bigotry" displayed in Charlottesville, but he also denounced "the hatred being leveled against our glorious ancestors by radical leftists who seek to erase our history."

That letter to "compatriots" was signed the day before trunk's raucous press conference, in which he also cast blame on what he called the "alt-left" — comments for which he faced criticism from business leaders, nonprofits and members of his own party, among others.

Yet many historians say the argument about preserving Southern history doesn't hold up when you consider the timing of when the "beautiful" statues, as trunk called them, went up.

"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."

The most recent comprehensive study of confederate statues and monuments across the country was published by the Southern Poverty Law Center last year.

A look at this chart shows huge spikes in construction twice during the 20th century: in the early 1900s, and then again in the 1950s and 60s.

Both were times of extreme civil rights tension.

In the early 1900s, states were enacting Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise Black Americans. (

In the middle part of the century, the civil rights movement pushed back against that segregation.

James Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association, says that the increase in statues and monuments was clearly meant to send a message.

"These statues were meant to create legitimate garb for white supremacy," Grossman said.

"Why would you put a statue of robert e. lee or Stonewall Jackson in 1948 in Baltimore?"

Grossman was referencing the four statues that came down earlier this week in the city.

After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., when a counterprotester was killed while demonstrating, and the action in Durham, North Carolina, where a crowd pulled down a confederate statue themselves, the mayor of Baltimore ordered that city to remove its statues in the dead of night.

"They needed to come down," said Mayor Catherine Pugh, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could."

Thousands of Marylanders fought in the Civil War, as NPR's Bill Chappell noted, but nearly three times as many fought for the Union as for the confederacy.

Still, in 1948, the statues went up.

"Who erects a statue of former confederate generals on the very heels of fighting and winning a war for democracy?" writes Dailey, in a piece for HuffPost, referencing the just-ended World War II.

"People who want to send a message to black veterans, the Supreme Court, and the president of the United States, that's who."

Statues and monuments are often seen as long-standing, permanent fixtures, but such memorabilia take effort, planning and politics to get placed, especially on government property.

In an interview with NPR, Dailey said it's impossible to separate symbols of the confederacy from the values of white supremacy.

In comparing robert e. lee to presidents george washington and thomas jefferson on Tuesday, trunk doesn't seem to feel the same.

Dailey pointed to an 1861 speech by Alexander Stephens, who would go on to become vice president of the confederacy.

"[Our new government's] foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man," Stevens said, in Savannah, Georgia.

"That slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition."

To build confederate statues, says Dailey, in public spaces, near government buildings, and especially in front of court houses, was a "power play" meant to intimidate those looking to come to the "seat of justice or the seat of the law."

"I think it's important to understand that one of the meanings of these monuments when they're put up, is to try to settle the meaning of the war" Dailey said.

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Tuesday, 9th June 2o2o
Confederate Statues Are Coming Down Across The U.S., From Virginia To Indiana To Kentucky
by Morgan Winsor and Emily Shapiro


The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck as three other officers stood by, has sparked widespread outrage, anti-racist protests and calls for police reform across the United States and around the world.

The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers after video of the incident surfaced.

The officer who prosecutors say pinned Floyd down for nearly nine minutes, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The three other officers each have been charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder as well as second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter.

In the wake of the George Floyd protests, officials from Richmond to Indianapolis to Louisville have decided to remove local Confederate statues.

And around 4 a.m. Tuesday, city crews in Jacksonville, Florida, started removing a confederate statue that had been in the city park since 1898, reported First Coast News, an ABC Jacksonville affiliate.

Later in the day Tuesday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that all confederate statues in the city will be taken down.

"My staff will work with the Jacksonville Cultural Council to convene experts in history and art to ensure we acknowledge our past in a full and complete way," Curry said.

"A way forward that leaves no person’s heritage or experience behind."
On Monday, the University of Alabama announced that it will remove its three plaques that commemorate the university students who served in the confederate Army and those who defended the campus.

There are also 10 Army installations named after confederate leaders, including Fort Lee in Virginia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

"The Secretary of the Army is open to a bi-partisan discussion," about renaming Army bases named after confederate military leaders, Army spokesperson Cynthia Smith told ABC News on Monday.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is also "open to a bi-partisan discussion," an Army official confirmed to ABC News on Monday.

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Tuesday, 9th June 2o2o
Hundreds of Protesters Demand University of Oxford Removes Statue

by Basit Mahmood


Hundreds of people have gathered outside a University of Oxford college to demand the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes be removed.

The protesters have gathered outside Oriel College chanting "de-colonize" and for the statue to be taken down.


Protesters say Rhodes, who was a 19th century businessman, politician and committed imperialist in Southern Africa, represented white supremacy and is steeped in colonialism and racism.

It comes after demonstrators tore down the statue of a slave owner in the city of Bristol during a recent Black Lives Matter protest.

The statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century slave trader, was thrown into a harbor, in a move condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who described it as a "criminal act".

A group of Oxford councilors has also backed the campaign, with 26 city councilors saying that the figure at Oriel College was "incompatible" with the city's "commitment to anti-racism".

Shaista Aziz tweeted:

"I'm one of 26 Oxford City councilors renewing calls for @OrielOxford @UniofOxford to remove #CecilRhodes statue from our High Street."

"We call on the University to work with @OxfordCity, residents, trade unions, to make Oxford a truly anti-racist city."

A statement from Oriel College's governing body said the college abhorred racism and discrimination in all its forms.

The statement said:

"Oriel College abhors racism and discrimination in all its forms. The Governing Body are deeply committed to equality within our community at Oriel, the University of Oxford and the wider world."

"As an academic institution, we aim to fight prejudice and champion equal opportunities for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality or faith. We believe Black Lives Matter and support the right to peaceful protest."

"The power of education is a catalyst for equality and inclusiveness. We understand that we are, and we want to be, a part of the public conversation about the relationship between the study of history, public commemoration, social justice, and educational equality. As a college, we continue to debate and discuss the issues raised by the presence on our site of examples of contested heritage relating to Cecil Rhodes."

"Speaking out against injustice and discrimination is vital and we are committed to doing so. We will continue to examine our practices and strive to improve them to ensure that Oriel is open to students and staff of all backgrounds, and we are determined to build a more equal and inclusive community and society."


It comes after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ordered a review into all statues in the capital for their links to slavery, with the hope of removing those found to be involved in the slave trade.

"I'm all in favor of our city reflecting the values we have but also the diversity we have," he told the BBC's Today program, as the mayor launched The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, a review of the city's landmarks.


This will include not only statues but also street names, murals, street art and other memorials, before making recommendations.

"There are some statues that are quite clear cut: slavers, are clear cut in my view, plantation owners are quite clear cut," Khan said.

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Wednesday, 10th June 2o2o
Statues of confederate figures & slavers come down
by Meredith Deliso and Ivan Pereira


After years of civil rights activists calling for the removal of confederate monuments, they're falling like dominoes amid nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody.
On Monday evening, the University of Alabama announced that it will remove three plaques that are dedicated to Confederate soldiers who attended the school.

The plaques will be placed in an "a more appropriate historical," setting, according to the school.

The school will also convene a group from its board of trustees to review all of the names put on campus property and bring forth recommended changes.

"The final decisions regarding those recommendations will be made by the full Board of Trustees at a public meeting, at a time to be announced," the school said in a statement.
Hours later, the bronze topper of the confederate monument in Hemming Park in Jacksonville, Florida, was removed early Tuesday morning.

Around 4 a.m., without notice, crews used cranes to take down the statue of the Jacksonville Light Infantry that has been in the park since 1898.

Later in the afternoon, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced all confederate memorials in the city would be removed.

"If our history prevents us from reaching the full potential of our future, then we need to take action," he said during a news conference.

The removals followed announcements last week that Confederate monuments would be taken down from sites in Indianapolis, Richmond and Alexandria, Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama.

The statues, which honor soldiers and leaders on the losing side of the Civil War, are seen by many as symbols of racism and oppression.

That's why the statue of General robert e. lee in Richmond, the capital of the confederacy, should be removed, Gov. Ralph Northam said last Thursday.

"The legacy of racism continues, not just in isolated incidents," Northam said.

"The legacy of racism also continues as part of a system that touches every person and every aspect of our lives."

Those protesting Floyd's death and police brutality had gathered at the statue last week, chanting,

"Tear it down!"

But Northam's plan hit a roadblock on Monday after a Richmond Circuit Court judge issued a 10-day injunction against the removal following a complaint from the statue's supporters.

Alena Yarmosky, Northam's spokeswoman, said the governor is reviewing the order.

"Governor Northam remains committed to removing this divisive symbol from Virginia’s capital city, and we’re confident in his authority to do so,” she told the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Northam acknowledged that many residents won't support removing the robert e. lee statue, which was erected in 1890.

"I believe in a Virginia that studies its past in an honest way," said Northam, who signed legislation authorizing localities to remove confederate statues in April.

"When we learn more, when we take that honest look at our past, we must do more than just talk about the future -- we must take action."

The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, a descendant of robert e. lee, said he fully supports the monument's removal.
"We have a chance here today ... to say this will indeed not be our final moment and our final stand," Lee said at a press conference last Thursday.

"There are more important things to address than just a statue, but this statue is a symbol of oppression."


Meanwhile, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett acknowledged the current protests in his decision to remove a monument dedicated to confederate soldiers who died at a prison camp.
"Our streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans," he wrote on Twitter.

"We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past -- but we should not honor them."

The grave monument was commissioned in 1912 and relocated to Garfield Park in 1928 following efforts by public officials active in the ku klux klan to make it more visible, Hogsett said.

"Whatever original purpose this grave marker might once have had, for far too long it has served as nothing more than a painful reminder of our state's horrific embrace of the Ku Klux Klan a century ago," the mayor said.

"For some time, we have urged that this grave monument belongs in a museum, not in a park, but no organization has stepped forward to assume that responsibility. Time is up, and this grave marker will come down."

If the injunction is lifted, the Richmond monument could join the fate of an Alexandria monument honoring confederate soldiers that came down last week.

"Some said this day would never come," Alexandria City Councilman John Chapman said on Facebook last Tuesday.

"The confederate statue at Appomattox is starting to be taken down. We, our community made this happen."

A Confederate monument in a Birmingham, Alabama, park was also removed last week after it was damaged in weekend protests, local ABC News affiliate WBMA reported.

Confederate monuments in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina, also will soon be taken down.
In Philadelphia, a target of protesters also came down last week.

The controversial statue of former mayor Pete Rizzo near City Hall was removed on Wednesday, following vandalism.

Many saw the statue of the former police commissioner as a symbol of police brutality.

"The statue represented bigotry, hatred, and oppression for too many people, for too long," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said on Twitter.

"It is finally gone."

In the wake of the statue's removal, a mural of Rizzo in the city's Italian Market was also painted over on Sunday.

It was not just in the United States that statues that symbolized racism were taken down.

In Bristol, United Kingdom, protesters tore down a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston on Sunday.

The protesters dragged the statue through the streets and then threw it into the river.

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Post by: Battle on June 10, 2020, 09:58:17 pm
Thursday, 11th June 2o2o
christopher columbus statues torn down, drenched in paint, defaced in cities across country

by Michael Ruiz


They hacked off his head in Boston, threw him in a lake in Richmond, Virginia, drenched him in red paint in Miami, and dragged him down from his pedestal in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Protesters in cities around the United States have been tearing down, defacing and otherwise vandalizing statues of christopher columbus as an offshoot of the protests over George Floyd's murder.

In St. Paul, news crews stood just a few feet away recording video as protesters tied a rope around a statue and pulled it down from its base at the steps of the State Capitol Wednesday.

A group of demonstrators had promised earlier in the day to tear down the statue, Minneapolis-based Fox 9 reported.

After tying a rope to the statue and dragging it down, the protesters reportedly danced and spit on it.

Video shows one man posing for news cameras with his foot on the back of the statue’s head.

In Boston, police opened an investigation Wednesday after the namesake statue in the city’s christopher columbus Park was beheaded overnight.

Photos from the scene show the statue surrounded in police tape and columbus’ head on the ground next to an evidence marker.

In downtown Miami, a columbus statue had its head and face painted red, according to images posted on Twitter by WSVN reporter Franklin White.

There was also graffiti along the base that included “George Floyd,” “BLM” (Black Lives Matter), and depictions of a hammer and sickle.

And in Richmond, where a judge on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction against the removal of a statue of confederate Gen. robert e. lee, protesters pulled down a columbus statue, lit it on fire and then tossed it into Fountain Lake.

During that incident -- which reportedly followed a peaceful protest for indigenous people -- the statue’s base was also spray painted and someone left a cardboard sign on top of it that read:

“columbus represents genocide.”

columbus was an Italian Renaissance-era explorer who led the expedition that preceded the European colonization of North and South America -- and, as a result, he has been both celebrated and denounced as a historical figure.

There is also a movement that calls for the replacement of columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”


Nationwide push to remove confederate symbols

As cities and organizations across the country continue to take down monuments, memorials and other symbols of hate, one controversial historical figure has come back into the spotlight:

christopher columbus.

While the debate over the controversial European explorer reignited, some of his opponents have already taken bold action to his memorials.

On Tuesday night, a columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia, was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake, police said.

Overnight Tuesday, another columbus statue in Boston was decapitated, according to Boston police.

In New York City, columbus's opponents are re-upping their calls to the city to remove the 14-foot marble statue that stands above a pedestal in columbus circle outside Central Park.

Melissa Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes, the executive director of the nonprofit American Indian Community House, said now is the right time to remove the 128-year-old statue, because the city did not need a monument to a figure who had a history of destroying and enslaving indigenous people.

"I think with everything that is going on now … I don’t see why (the city) would have an argument against keeping the christopher columbus statue," she told ABC News.

Proponents for the statue acknowledge that columbus' history was far from the heroic, noble explorer portrayed in some history books; however, they said the history behind the New York statue is more nuanced.

Richard Alba, a distinguished professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY, who was part of a special commission that reviewed controversial monuments in New York City, noted that the New York statue was erected mostly to honor Italian Americans persecuted during the 19th century.

"The history of that statue is different from the confederate statues of the south, which were put up to symbolize the triumph of whites over blacks in the south," Alba told ABC News.

Experts say that the future of the New York statue and other columbus monuments will have to have some changes to educate the public on the figure's nuances and help people understand the nation’s history.

In 2018, after the monument commission turned in its report, de Blasio ordered that new signage be placed around the statue that explained columbus's history and the specific history behind the monument.

A spokeswoman for the mayor reiterated that the city decided not to remove the columbus statue based on the commission's report and will work on other measures to "add context to the monument and honor Indigenous Peoples."

Oakes said for her and other indigenous Americans, that wasn't enough.


Having a tall statue of columbus look down on the community from a 27-foot pedestal is degrading, even if there is signage describing his history, according to Oakes.

"They don’t care, and they don’t accept it," she said.

Alba, who said he supports the removal of confederate statues across the country, said that he and other commission members listened very carefully to the statue opponents and acknowledged their concerns.

In the end, the commission contended that the best move forward was to supplement columbus' monument with new memorials of diverse historical figures.

"I think, again, our monuments have to represent our diversity, and part of that diversity is Italian Americans who came in as the most disparaged of those European groups," Alba said.

In 2018, the city removed a statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century surgeon who conducted experimental operations on enslaved females, from Central Park, following the commission's report.

It also has plans to erect statues of minority women figures including Representative Shirley Chisholm and Billie Holiday, based on feedback from New Yorkers.

Saul Cornell, the Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University, said statues of historical figures are problematic for educational purposes since most classical statue designs are made to glorify the figure.

In columbus's case, the statues on their own do not help with the debate about the explorer's complicated legacy to indigenous and Italian Americans.
"We don’t have a good public record of dealing with our history thoughtfully and engagingly," Cornell told ABC News.

"A statue is a very specific form of the past."

Cornell said such memorials could be instructive if they are in a setting like a museum that is filled with historical literature that paints a full picture to the public.

He suggested that cities with columbus statues bring all the stakeholders together and work out a solution.

As for the reports of vandalism of other columbus statues, Cornell noted that this type of protest has been going on throughout history, especially when figures are revealed to be less than heroic.

He said those who own those columbus memorials should address the concerns from the public and work quickly on a solution for all parties.

"History is a powerful wave and those who try to hold it back will be crushed," Cornell said.

"The question is how do you control the wave so that it has positive results and not destructive results."

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Post by: Battle on June 11, 2020, 12:38:17 pm
Thursday, 11th June 2o2o
Stone Mountain and other monuments to the confederacy should be wiped clean
by George Shepard

In last week's memorial service for George Floyd, the Reverend Al Sharpton noted that the recent demonstrations against abusive policing were caused not just by Floyd's death after a white officer kneeled on his throat.

Instead, it was the last straw after centuries of oppression.

Mr. Sharpton noted,

"Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck."

One weapon to suppress African Americans: monuments to white supremacists.

Soon after the Civil War, Southern whites began reasserting their dominance.

During the following 80 years of jim crow segregation, their methods included glorifying confederate leaders.

Most of the large monuments began to appear in the early 20th Century, long after the war ended in 1865.

The goal was not to preserve "Southern heritage," as the monuments' defenders now claim.

Instead, the goal was to install white-supremacist icons that would intimidate African Americans and enforce whites' supremacy.

Historian W. Fitzhugh Brundage, for example, has written that the monuments "were sometimes explicitly linked to the cause of white supremacy by the notables who spoke at their dedication" and that white industrialist Julian Carr "unambiguously urged his audience to devote themselves to the maintenance of white supremacy with the same vigor that their confederate ancestors had defended slavery.

The history of the giant carvings on Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, is instructive.

Planning of the carvings began only in 1914.

Substantial funding for the project came from the KKK, which met on the mountain's top to burn crosses and the project's first directors and promoters were Klan members.

The original plan was to depict General robert e. lee leading Confederate soldiers and Klan members up the mountain.

Many other confederate monuments were erected during this period, helping consolidate jim crow's racist hierarchy.

A second wave of white-supremacist monuments appeared in the late 1950s.

After the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools in 1954, Southern states vowed a program of "Massive Resistance."

Part of the resistance was installing more white-supremacist icons.

This was when the State of Georgia purchased Stone Mountain; finished the huge carvings -- bigger than the presidents on Mount Rushmore -- of two confederate military leaders, stonewall jackson and lee, and the political leader, jefferson davis; and added the confederate battle flag to Georgia's state flag.

Like so many confederate monuments, the carvings on Stone Mountain were not an innocent artifact of Civil War history.

Instead, they were a middle finger both to African Americans and to the federal government that was trying to end discrimination.

Stone Mountain was such an evil icon that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. invoked it in his "I Have A Dream" speech.

Statues and monuments have always carried great symbolic weight.

When UK protesters demonstrating against Floyd's killing dumped a statue of a 17th-century slave trader in the sea on Sunday, they were following the examples of activists who pulled down statues of Joseph Stalin in Russia; Saddam Hussein in Iraq and British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes in South Africa and the UK, among others.

In the US, the Stone Mountain carvings continue to be shrines to white supremacy.

To walk up the mountain, an African American must bear the indignity of passing the Confederate stone giants, driving along robert e. lee Blvd. past Stonewall Jackson Drive, parking next to confederate Hall, and marching past four different confederate flags, including the stars-and-bars battle flag,at this state park.

Part of the cost of admission to Stone Mountain's laser show is prostrating yourself on a picnic blanket at the feet of the Confederate colossi.

A country that is serious about moving beyond its evil history would behave differently.

In Germany, many government buildings from the 1930-40s have smudges on their fronts.

These are the places where the swastikas, all of them, have been removed.

German towns no longer contain Hitler Street or Goring Plaza.

All of the statues of Hitler and his henchmen have been destroyed.

Germans have rejected arguments that Nazi symbols, street names, and statues should be preserved for purposes of German history and heritage.

The same is true even of the Berghof, Hitler's mansion in the Bavarian Alps in Germany, where he spent much of World War II, and where he met many historical figures.

After the war, the building was destroyed to avoid it becoming a Nazi shrine.

The same with the Fuhrer Bunker in Berlin, where Hitler died.

The site is now a parking lot.

German government policy is that the country's only monuments marking the Nazi era are not to the perpetrators, but to the victims.

As one walks through German cities, one encounters "Stolpersteine": markers the size of small paving stones that memorialize the stories of Holocaust victims who lived there.

This is how it should be:

memorials should exist for evil's victims, not for evil's perpetrators.

A country cannot begin to cleanse itself of evil while maintaining shrines to those who committed it.

As in Germany, all confederate monuments should be removed.

Ideally, they should be removed by state and local governments, not demonstrators; if governments remove them, rather than protestors, society's rejection of the monuments and the evil that they represent is clearer.

The removals would follow the recent lead of cities such as Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Alabama and Richmond.

African Americans should not have to encounter each day the equivalent of state-endorsed swastikas.


Museums should be established not to explain the Stone Mountain carvings and other confederate memorials, but instead to explain the scar on Stone Mountain that will exist after the images of the white-supremacist leaders are blasted away.

Like the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C., an apt memorial for the confederacy is a scar, not an heroic statue.

True healing will begin only when the pressure of racist monuments is removed from African Americans' necks.

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Monday, 15th June 2o2o
Rio Arriba County Takes Down Colonizer Monument
by Molly Montgomery


(New Mexico) - Rio Arriba County crews on Monday morning began removing the monument to Spanish colonizer Don Juan de Oñate in Alcalde.

Organizers and community members still plan to hold a demonstration for its removal today at 4 p.m. at the County’s Oñate Monument Resource and Visitors’ Center in Alcalde.

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Wednesday, 17th June 2o2o
Columbus statue taken down in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis
by Kim St Onge, Kim Bell, Valerie Schremp Hahn and Erin Heffernan


(ST. LOUIS, Missouri) – The statue of Christopher Columbus was taken down in Tower Grove Park Tuesday after years of controversy.

The statue used to be the first thing you saw when you entered the park.

It stood in the park for over 140 years.

A bronze statue of Christopher Columbus erected in Tower Grove Park in 1886 was taken off its pedestal and removed Tuesday at the direction of the park’s Board of Commissioners, making St. Louis the latest of several U.S. cities to contend with controversial monuments this month amid national protests for racial justice.

The statue on Main Drive near the east entrance to the park had survived years of vandalism and several protests calling for its removal by activists concerned with the Italian explorer’s mistreatment of indigenous people.

Crews used a crane early Tuesday to carefully remove the statue and load it onto a truck, leaving only its stone base marked with fading graffiti.

“By taking this action, Tower Grove Park reaffirms its commitment to being a place of welcome, and to caring for the people’s park in the best way possible,” the park’s board said in a statement.

Police had told the board that officers wouldn’t be available to monitor the statue, so the panel decided to take it down before vandals damaged or destroyed it, according to a source close to the board who asked not to be identified.

Board President Steve M. Kidwell declined to comment beyond the board’s written statement.

Park Director Bill Reininger also declined to discuss the statue’s removal.

The statue will be cleaned and put in storage, with its future undecided.

Tower Grove Park is public but its operation is overseen by the independent Board of Commissioners, not city government.

About half of the park’s budget comes from the city; the rest is from rentals, donations and other sources.

The board said in a statement that the statue’s original purpose was to celebrate the contributions of Italian immigrants in the region, a group that often faced bigotry.

“But now, for many, it symbolizes a historical disregard for indigenous peoples and cultures and destruction of their communities,” the board’s statement said.

The statue was unveiled in the park on October 12th, 1886, making it one of the first Columbus statues in the country, according to newspaper reports from the time.

Henry Shaw, who founded the park and whose gardens became the nearby Missouri Botanical Garden, commissioned the piece by Munich artist Ferdinand von Miller.

The two had fierce arguments over whether the monument would be bearded or clean-shaven.

It ultimately depicted a bearded Columbus.

Shaw also commissioned von Miller to create statues to William Shakespeare and German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt for the park, in part to acknowledge Italian, German and English immigrants in St. Louis.

For years the explorer’s statue was a center of Columbus Day celebrations for the Italian community and Catholic groups like the Knights of Columbus, according to accounts in the Post-Dispatch.

But today Columbus statues across the country have been criticized by some as symbols of exploitation, and several have been toppled or removed in the last few weeks amid protests sparked by the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In Boston, a Columbus statue was beheaded.

In Philadelphia, the city constructed a wooden box this week to protect a Columbus statue that has become a focal point for days of sometimes violent protests and counter-protests, including attempts to set it on fire.

In Richmond, Virginia, protesters threw a Columbus monument into a lake.

And in St. Paul, Minnesota, activists dragged a bronze Columbus statue off its pedestal and danced around the figure.

As the St. Louis statue was being removed from Tower Grove Park, a couple of men walked up and yelled in protest of the move.

Others cheered as it was taken off its base.

The statue swung around and was put on a trailer bed.

“Iconoclasm,” said one man, who didn’t want to give his name.

“I think it’s absurd.”

“It’s historical,” said Justin King, 38, who lives in Tower Grove South and happened to walk by the statue as he pushed his 2-year-old son in a stroller.

King is a sculptor who makes large-scale, whimsical animals out of cardboard.

“I think it shows great empathy and compassion to make change for others,” he said.

“That statue might not mean much to me, but it may mean a lot to someone else. It’s historical no matter how you look at it.”

St. Louisans of Italian descent were split on the removal.

Angelo Sita, former president of the Columbus Parade in the 1980s, said he disagrees with the removal and said the reputation of the 15th century explorer has been tarnished in the last 15 years.

“Radical groups — left, right, whatever — only perceive what they think is correct. There’s no toleration for other points of view right now,” Sita said.

Rio Vitale, president of Ciao St. Louis, said he was sad to hear the statue was removed.

Ciao St. Louis is a nonprofit organization that promotes Italian heritage in St. Louis.

“It was put there because of discrimination against Italians, to honor Italians, not to honor Christopher Columbus,” Vitale said.

But he hopes the removal can help advance national reforms protesters have demanded in the wake of Floyd’s death.

“What I hope comes from this is real reform — health care, education and protection under the law,” Vitale added.

Another group, the Italian Community of St. Louis, said it is “officially neutral” on the removal of the statue.

“While many in our community applaud its removal, there are some who do not,” the group said in a statement.

“The Italian Community of St Louis stands with Black Lives during these trying times and urges dialogue on all sides. We know that Columbus has been a controversial figure and we apologize for the hurt that this man has caused. There are many other Italian figures who would better represent Italians in St Louis.”

The statue wasn’t the first controversial monument to be removed in St. Louis.

Calls for it to come down intensified after the 2017 removal of the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park, which faced similar protests and vandalism.

The city removed that monument in June 2017 and reached an agreement to put it in the care of the Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks.

Later that summer, the city also tore up the street Confederate Drive where the statue once stood.

It was unclear Tuesday what will now become of the pedestal and area in Tower Grove Park where Columbus stood.

Eric Ellingsen was in the park Tuesday and saw the statue come down.

He teaches landscape architecture at Washington University and was walking through the park with his 7-year-old son.

Ellingsen said the moment was an opportunity for conversation, especially with his son.

“It’s difficult to separate a legacy that Italian Americans take great pride in from one that causes pain,” he said.
“I just think it’s so complex. I’m glad we didn’t get to miss it.”

Desmon Hines, 30, lives in Tower Grove East and said he was glad to see the statue come down.

“It feels like you don’t belong in the park, it’s not for you,” he said.

“It’s not a park that’s free for all if you have a statue of him.”

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Wednesday, 17th June 2o2o
Protesters in Richmond tear down another confederate statue

by Associated Press


Demonstrators in Richmond tore down another confederate statue in the city Tuesday night, news outlets reported.

The Howitzers Monument located near Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park campus was toppled after protesters who spent the night marching in the rain used a rope to pull it down from its pedestal.

The paint-splattered statue was seen face down on the ground as the rain continued overnight in Virginia's capital city, according to a video from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

It's the third Confederate statue, and the fourth monument, to be torn down by demonstrators in Virginia since international protests erupted following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was pinned to the pavement by a white Minneapolis officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck.

Statues of confederate president jefferson davis and confederate General williams carter wickham as well as of christopher columbus were toppled by demonstrators in recent weeks.

Protesters in Richmond started their march Tuesday night advocating for the removal of all confederate statues, establishing a civilian review board over police actions and defunding the police, among other things, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.


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Thursday, 18th June 2o2o
Speaker Pelosi orders removal of portraits of four House speakers from US Capitol ahead of Juneteenth
by John Parkinson & Mariam Khan


Late Thursday afternoon, the gold-framed portraits of four former Speakers of the House of Representatives who shared ties to the confederacy were removed from the walls of the U.S. Capitol, as efforts to strike down symbols of racism around the country continue in the wake of George Floyd's killing last month.

In a letter addressed Thursday to Cheryl Johnson, clerk of the House of Representatives, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of the paintings in observance of Juneteenth on Friday.

The portraits were taken down hours later.

They had hung in the Capitol for decades, honoring Robert Hunter of Virginia, who served as speaker from 1839 to 1841, Howell Cobb of Georgia, 1849 to 1851, James Orr of South Carolina, 1857 to 1859, and Charles Crisp of Georgia, 1891 to 1895.

"There is no room in the hallowed halls of Congress or in any place of honor for memorializing men who embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the confederacy," Pelosi, D-Calif., proclaimed.

Pelosi admitted that she was unaware that the men had ties to the confederacy until she was informed by a curator taking an inventory of confederate statues in the Capitol, which Pelosi has also worked to remove this month.

"We didn't know about this until we were taking inventory of the statues and the curator told us that there were four paintings of speakers in the Capitol of the United States for speakers who had served in the Confederacy," Pelosi told reporters during a news conference Thursday.

Her letter recounted that Orr swore on the House Floor to "preserve and perpetuate" slavery in order to "enjoy our property in peace, quiet and security," while Hunter "served at nearly every level of the Confederacy," including in the confederate Provincial Congress, as confederate Secretary of State, in the Confederate Senate and in the confederate Army.

"The portraits of these men are symbols that set back our nation’s work to confront and combat bigotry," she wrote.

"Our Congressional community has the sacred opportunity and obligation to make meaningful change to ensure that the halls of Congress reflect our highest ideals as Americans. Let us lead by example."

Each House Speaker is honored with a portrait in the U.S. Capitol, although former Representative Dennis Hastert's portrait was removed by Speaker paul ryan on November 2nd, 2015 after Hastert pleaded guilty to breaking federal banking laws related to a hush money scheme he allegedly used to conceal sexual misconduct during his days as a wrestling coach.
The tradition of displaying speakers' portraits began in 1852, before the Civil War, with the collection growing to more than 50 historical paintings.

Former House Speaker John Boehner was honored with a portrait last November, the latest piece of art to join the collection.

Speaker Pelosi does not yet have a portrait in the collection... yet.  ;)

Pelosi's directive was not celebrated by all lawmakers, including Representative Thomas Massie, who exclaimed the portraits depict speakers who "were Speakers of the House for the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
The House of Representatives will take a vote next Friday, June 26th, on legislation that would grant the District of Columbia statehood and create, "Washington, Douglass Commonwealth," as the union’s 51st state, drawing its new name from the names of resident george washington and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

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Saturday, 20th June 2o2o
Memorials to the racist former owners of the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Twins are removed
by Paul P. Murphy


A monument to the former owner of the Washington Redskins and a statue of the former owner of the Minnesota Twins were removed Friday because of the men's racist pasts, the Washington sports authority and the Twins organization said.

The Minnesota Twins removed a statue honoring Calvin Griffith from outside the team's ballpark.

In Washington, DC, the city's convention and sports authority, Events DC, removed a monument to Redskins franchise founder George Preston Marshall from outside Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

The Redskins played at RFK Stadium before moving to FedEx Field in Prince George's County, Maryland.

"This symbol of a person who didn't believe all men and women were created equal and who actually worked against integration is counter to all that we as people, a city, and nation represent," Events DC Chairman Max Brown, President and CEO Greg O'Dell and their Board of Directors said in a statement.

"Removing this statue is a small and an overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice."

CNN has reached out to the Washington Redskins and the NFL for comment on Marshall's monument being removed.

The team and the league have been criticized for years by Native American groups and others for continuing to have "Redskins" in the name.

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Saturday, 27th June 2o2o


Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns says the United States is “in the middle of an enormous reckoning” and called for the removal of statues of confederate soldiers and the renaming of military bases during a discussion with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

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Saturday, 27th June 2o2o
Princeton to Remove Woodrow Wilson Name from University
by Associated Press


(PRINCETON, New Jersey) — Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name.

University president Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school community Saturday that the board of trustees had concluded that “Wilson’s racist views and policies make him an inappropriate namesake” for Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs and the residential college.

Eisgruber said the trustees decided in April 2016 on some changes to make the university “more inclusive and more honest about its history” but decided to retain Wilson’s name, but revisited the issue in light of the recent killings of George Floyd and others.

Wilson, governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913 and then the 28th U.S. president from 1913 to 1921, supported segregation and imposed it on several federal agencies not racially divided up to that point.

He also barred Black students from Princeton while serving as university president and spoke approvingly of the notorious domestic terrorist group, ku klux klan.

Earlier in the week, Monmouth University of New Jersey removed Wilson’s name from one of its most prominent buildings, citing efforts to increase diversity and inclusiveness.

The superintendent of the Camden school district also announced plans to rename Woodrow Wilson High School, one of the district’s two high schools.

“Wilson’s racism was significant and consequential even by the standards of his own time,” Eisgruber said, adding that the former president’s segregationist policies “make him an especially inappropriate namesake for a public policy school.”

The trustees said they had taken what they called “this extraordinary step” because Wilson’s name was not appropriate “for a school whose scholars, students, and alumni must be firmly committed to combatting the scourge of racism in all its forms.”

The school will now be known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, he said.

Princeton had already planned to close Wilson College and retire its name after opening two new residential colleges currently under construction but will change the name to First College immediately.

Eisgruber said the conclusions “may seem harsh to some” since Wilson is credited with having “remade Princeton, converting it from a sleepy college into a great research university,” and he went on to become president and receive a Nobel Prize.

But while Princeton honored Wilson despite or perhaps even in ignorance of his views, that is part of the problem, Eisgruber said.

“Princeton is part of an America that has too often disregarded, ignored, or excused racism, allowing the persistence of systems that discriminate against Black people,” he said.

Four years ago, a 10-member committee gathered input from Wilson scholars and more than 600 submissions from alumni, faculty and the public before concluding that Wilson’s accomplishments merited commemoration, so long as his faults were also candidly recognized.

The committee report also said using his name “implies no endorsement of views and actions that conflict with the values and aspirations of our times.”

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Saturday, 27th June 2o2o
Mississippi House just voted to remove confederate symbol from flag
by Britanny Shammas


Mississippi lawmakers on Saturday took the first step toward changing the state flag, after nationwide protests of racial injustice refocused attention on the last in the country to continue featuring a confederate emblem.

Applause broke out when the House of Representatives voted 85 to 35 to suspend rules and allow consideration of a bill creating a new design free of Confederate iconography.

Ahead of the historic vote, Speaker Pro Tem Jason White (R) argued forcefully against keeping the old flag, saying that it had come to be viewed as a symbol of hate.

“By changing our flag, we don’t abandon our founding principles,” he said.

“We embrace them more fully by doing what is right. We’re not moving further away from our founding fathers’ visions. We’re moving closer to them. We’re not destroying our heritage; we’re fulfilling it.”

Earlier in the day, Governor Tate Reeves (R), who had long insisted voters alone should decide whether to abandon the state’s flag, said for the first time Saturday that he would sign a bill on the issue if one is sent his way.

“The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” he wrote in a fakebook post.

“The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it.”

A debate has raged this week over the state flag, the last in the country to feature the confederate battle flag in its design.

The symbol, with 13 white stars atop a blue X with a red background, appears in the Mississippi flag’s upper-left corner.

Adopted more than 30 years after the end of the Civil War, the banner has continued to fly despite years of criticism over its symbology, including previous attempts to change it.

In 2001, Mississippians voted 2-to-1 to keep the 1894 design.

But amid a heightened focus on confederate symbols across the nation, Mississippi legislators and institutions have in recent days come out against the flag.

Among those now opposing the flag are multiple legislators from both parties, the Mississippi Historical Society, Walmart and the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

A state lawmaker told CNN Friday there now might be enough votes to remove it.

Reeves went from saying Wednesday that there was “an effort underway across the country to erase our nation’s history” and that a veto “would be pointless” to his Saturday statement that it was time “resolve that the page has been turned” and “find a way to come together.”

“We should not be under any illusion that a vote in the Capitol is the end of what must be done — the job before us is to bring the state together,” Reeves said in his Saturday statement,

“and I intend to work night and day to do it.”

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Post by: Battle on June 27, 2020, 05:21:34 pm
Saturday, 27th June 2o2o

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Post by: Battle on June 28, 2020, 06:05:58 am
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o
Spanish colonial monuments fuel race strife in US Southwest
by Russell Contreras


(RIO RANCHO, New Mexico) — Statues of Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate are now in storage after demonstrators in New Mexico threatened to topple them.

Protesters in California have pulled down sculptures of Spanish missionary Junipero Serra, and now schools, parks and streets named after Spanish explorers are facing uncertain futures.

As statues and monuments associated with slavery and other flawed moments of the nation’s history come tumbling down at both the hands of protesters and in some cases decisions by politicians, the movement in the American Southwest has turned its attention to representations of Spanish colonial figures long venerated by some Hispanics but despised by Native Americans.

Protesters say figures such as Oñate, who led early Spanish expeditions into present-day New Mexico, shouldn’t be celebrated.

They point to Oñate’s order to have the right feet cut off of 24 captive tribal warriors after his soldiers stormed Acoma Pueblo.

That attack was precipitated by the killing of Onate’s nephew.

They say other Spanish figures oversaw the enslavement of Indigenous populations and tried to outlaw their cultural practices.

Some Hispanics who trace their lineage to the early Spanish settlers say removing the likenesses of Oñate and others amounts to erasing history — a complicated history both marred by atrocities against Indigenous people and marked by the arduous journeys that many families made for the promise of a new life or to escape persecution in Spain.

That history remains tightly woven into New Mexico’s fabric as many Native American Pueblos still are known by the names given to them by the Spanish and many continue to practice Catholicism — something even Pueblo leaders acknowledge.

“New Mexico is a special place for all of us. We are all neighbors. We share food, we work together, and in many cases, our family relations go back generations,” said J. Michael Chavarria, chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors and governor of Santa Clara Pueblo.

Earlier this month, demonstrators tried to tear down an Oñate statue outside an Albuquerque museum using chains and a pickax.

A fight that broke out resulted in gunfire that injured one man.

The next day, Albuquerque removed the statue and placed it in storage.

Another Oñate statue was removed by Rio Arriba County officials ahead of a planned protest that sought its removal, drawing praise from activists and some Pueblo leaders.

Albuquerque City Councilor Cynthia Borrego, who is Hispanic, acknowledged the sordid aspects of history during a city-sponsored prayer and healing event prompted by the protests.

“We also have to remember, those were times of war ... but we can’t go back 500 years,” she said.

Daniel Ortiz, 58, a retired financial adviser in Santa Fe, can trace his family’s roots over 14 generations.

He said the statues’ removals amount to anti-Hispanic sentiment and a dismissal of Hispanics’ unique contribution to area.

“This is the work of a small, radical Native American group, not our Pueblos,” Ortiz said.

“They’ve hijacked the Black Lives Matter movement and our Anglo leaders are too scared to stand up to them.”

Ortiz is leading a online petition calling for the monuments’ return.

Others have taken to social media to call the vandalism an act of “Hispanicphobia,” linking it to anti-immigrant sentiment.

Even the Spanish Embassy in the U.S. has weighed in, saying that defending the Spanish legacy is a priority and educational efforts will continue for “the reality of our shared history to be better known and understood.”

Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to set foot in the present-day American Southwest.

It started with expeditions in the 1540s as the Spanish searched for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold.

Decades later, colonization ramped up and Santa Fe was established as a permanent capital in 1610.

Spanish rule over the New Mexico territory lasted for about two centuries until the area briefly became part of the Republic of Mexico before it was taken over by the U.S.

Spain’s enduring hold over the territory made it unlike other areas in the Southwest and opened the door for memorializing the Spanish influence.

Some scholars say the phenomenon of commemoration is linked to efforts that originated more than a century ago as Hispanics tried to convince white members of Congress that New Mexico should become a state.

During the 19th Century, white people moved into the territory and held racist views toward the region’s Native American and Mexican American population, according to John Nieto-Phillips, author of “The Language of Blood: The Making of Spanish-American Identity in New Mexico, 1880s-1930s.”

“They derided particularly the Mexican population as mongrels and mixed-blood who were incapable of governing themselves,” said Nieto-Phillips, the diversity and inclusion vice provost at Indiana University.

As a result, Nieto-Phillips said elite Hispanics in the region took on a solely Spanish American identity over their mixed heritage as a means to embrace whiteness.

Some Hispanics adopted notions about “pure” Spanish blood as part of the eugenics movement that peaked in the 1920s and ’30s to argue they were racially different than other ethnic Mexicans in Texas and California, he said.

It’s an identity that continues today.

The conquistador image has appeared on university emblems, moving truck companies, and once was the mascot of Albuquerque’s minor league baseball team.

Meanwhile, Latinos in other southwestern states often identify as Mexican American or mestizo, a mixture of Spanish and Native American ancestry.

Yet, in recent years, the Spanish conquistador and all the effigies connected to it have seen intense criticism thanks to a new politicized coalition of Native American and Latino activists. Protests have forced the cancellation of Santa Fe’s annual “Entrada” — a reenactment of when the Spanish reasserted themselves following the Pueblo Revolt.

In California, people have been defacing Serra’s statues for years, saying the Spanish priest credited with bringing Roman Catholicism to the western United States forced Native Americans to stay at the missions after they were converted or face brutal punishment.

Protesters in Los Angeles and San Francisco recently brought down statues of Serra.

The recent violence in New Mexico has forced some elected officials to consider removing public art and renaming schools linked to Spanish conquistadors.

Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, who grew up in Grants, New Mexico, and is the author of an upcoming book on colonial legacies in the Southwest, said she understands how Hispanics can be excited about being able to trace their history to early New Mexico settlements that predate even the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

But along with those prideful reflections should come a critical examination of colonial legacy and the anger spurred by those monuments.

“These incidents didn’t happen in a vacuum,” said Fonseca-Chávez, an assistant English professor at Arizona State University. “This has been building for more than 20 years ... people are really getting frustrated at the lack of historic and social consciousness about New Mexico’s history.”

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Post by: Battle on June 28, 2020, 10:03:30 am
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o

In front of the Executive Mansion, the andrew jackson monument:


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Post by: Battle on June 28, 2020, 07:37:46 pm
Sunday, 28th June 2o2o


According to Kristen Clarke on Twitter, "BREAKING: After 126 years, Mississippi’s state flag bearing Confederate battle emblem REMOVED."

“I can’t believe it. I am so emotional. Medgar’s wings must be clapping.” —Myrlie Evers, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
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Post by: Battle on July 07, 2020, 10:36:55 am
Tuesday, 7th July 2o2o
J.E.B. Stuart statue removal in Richmond, Virginia
by Gabrielle Harmon


(RICHMOND, Virginia) - Crews removed the J.E.B. Stuart monument, on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Tuesday morning.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the removal, which began around 8 a.m. and ended just before 11 a.m.

Stuart, a Confederate general, is one of more than a dozen statues Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered removed from city property last week.


Statues to Confederate General Stonewall Jackson and Matthew Fontaine Maury were removed from Monument Avenue last week and taken to an undisclosed location.

A statue to Confederate president Jefferson Davis was pulled down off its monument by protesters last month.

The Robert E. Lee Monument is located on state-owned property and could be removed once legal challenges to its removal make their way through court.

The Stuart statue, erected in 1907, is the first monument Stoney promised would be removed following the holiday weekend.

The mayor said it would cost $1.8 million to remove the statues.

He said the money would come from the Department of Public Works and be reimbursed by a private fund.

While city attorney Haskell Brown told Richmond City Council that Stoney did not have the power to remove statues, Stoney said he believed he is on sound legal ground to remove the statues using his emergency powers as the Emergency Management Director.

"That's in our Emergency Operations Plan. That is also the part of the governor's declaration of emergency that I'm the emergency manager," said Stoney.

"And also, the City Council spoke to this in June 8th, when they passed a resolution ordinance that gave me such powers."


Stoney said over the course of the last several weeks, thousands have gathered in the city and there have been more than 139 calls of service along the Monument Avenue corridor.


The mayor said failing to remove the statues presented a severe, immediate and growing threat to public safety.

Stoney said the removed statues will be placed in temporary storage while Richmond enters a 60-day administrative process during which the city will solicit public input while determining the fate of the statues.

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Post by: Battle on July 08, 2020, 04:28:02 am
Wednesday, 8th July 2o2o
4 Monuments Should Be Honored
by Russell Contreras


Activist and towns in the United States are left wondering what to do with empty spaces that once honored historic figures tied to racism and monuments fell in June 2020. A few suggestions:


1. Former slave and abolitionist, Olaudah Equiano sits on display at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, Britain.

The Equiano sculture has been suggested as a replacement.


2. An abandoned gas station in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, is shown with graffiti honoring the 1967 courthouse raid in the town by armed Mexican American land grant activists.


3. U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan, the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives sits at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas.

Jordan is another figure who activists say needs to be honored.


4. A sign with Mexican Revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata demanding,

"Tierra o Muerte, Zapata Vive" translated means "Land or Death, Zapata Lives", sits at the entry of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, the site of the 1967 courthouse raid by armed Mexican American land grant activists, which helped spark the Chicano Movement.

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Post by: Battle on July 12, 2020, 02:48:52 pm
Sunday, 12th July 2o2o
Plans underway to remove andrew jackson statue from City Hall
by Ross Adams


(JACKSON, Mississippi) — Plans are in the works to remove a statue of President Andrew Jackson from City Hall.

The Jackson City Council approved the proposal Tuesday to remove the statue.

The proposal passed with a vote of 5-1.

Councilman Ashby Foote voted in favor of keeping the statue in its current location.

"I think it’s a bad direction to go of tearing down or trying to erase our history," Foote said.

"I think it’s counterproductive to an open society that needs to hear all voices."

According to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, the former president's homestead in Nashville, Tennessee, Jackson owned 150 slaves at the time of his death.

Jackson also signed the Indian Removal Act, which forced Native American tribes out of the South, including Mississippi, on a march known as the Trail of Tears.

Thousands of Native Americans died.

"I don’t think moving forward (that) it’s healthy to celebrate someone who was brutal and someone who was abusive. Someone who was the leader of mass genocide across this country," said City Council President Aaron Banks.

The mayor’s office is now considering when to remove the statue and where it will be located in the future.

“Statues do not only reflect history. They are meant to be monuments demonstrating that a society reveres the person for which the likeness represents. Andrew Jackson is guilty of one of the most heinous acts of genocide that this nation has ever seen. He was also known as one of the most brutal slave owners throughout slavery. And so, as we build a city focused on progress and unity, we must make certain that we display images which reflect those aspirations,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

There’s discussion at City Hall about replacing Jackson’s statue with one honoring civil rights martyr Medgar Evers.

Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he does not believe cities should remove monuments.

"In fact, to those who are doing it, I just want to remind everyone that there is a state law which places guidelines on what you can and cannot do," Reeves said.

"Actually, I would argue that they haven't read far enough in the state law," Lumumba said.

"The state law says any war monument would have to be maintained in a public place unless the governing authorities determine that there is a more appropriate public place to place it."

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Post by: Battle on July 13, 2020, 02:20:31 am
Monday, 13th July 2o2o
Redskins to retire team name Monday
by Les Carpenter and Mark Maske


The Washington Redskins plan to announce Monday morning that they will change their team name, three people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Sunday night.

The team is not expected to reveal a new name until a later date.

Monday’s anticipated announcement comes after the organization released a statement July 3rd saying it would be undertaking what it called a “thorough review” of the team’s name; multiple people familiar with the process have said that it would result in the name being changed.

In an interview July 4th, Coach Ron Rivera — who is working with owner Daniel Snyder to choose a name — said he hoped the new name would be in place by the start of the 2020 NFL season.

Others have said it will be revealed as soon as within two weeks.

Two people with knowledge of the team’s plans said Sunday that the preferred replacement name is tied up in a trademark fight, which is why the team can’t announce the new name Monday.

Sports Business Journal was first to report Sunday night that the announcement of the existing name’s retirement would come Monday morning.

In the July 4th interview, Rivera said he and Snyder had come up with two names that Rivera really liked.

He did not reveal the names but said he wanted to confer with Native American and military organizations to make sure that the new name properly honored both.

The decision to change the nearly 87-year-old team name comes amid mounting pressure on the franchise from corporate sponsors and the broader nationwide discussion of race.

Snyder had previously said he would never change the controversial Redskins name, which is considered to be a slur against Native Americans.

But Rivera said he and Snyder began discussing a possible change near the end of May.

On July 2nd, FedEx — one of the franchise’s top sponsors and the holder of its stadium’s naming rights — released a statement asking the team to change its name, and it sent a letter to Snyder last week saying it would take the company’s name off FedEx Field if he did not change the team name.

Other sponsors, including PepsiCo, Nike and Bank of America, also made similar demands.
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Post by: Battle on July 13, 2020, 11:31:58 am
Monday, 13th July 2o2o

Next up: Texas Rangers name change


The historical Texas rangers routinely engaged in:

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Post by: Battle on July 14, 2020, 10:00:47 am
Tuesday, 14th July 2o2o


According to NowThis News, Frederick Joseph received death threats after he walked around NYC wearing a shirt that says 'Caucasians,' as a parody of the offensive Redskins logo.

Here's how people reacted:

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Post by: Battle on July 14, 2020, 04:27:38 pm
Tuesday, 14th July 2o2o
Mississippi University removes confederate statue
by Aljazeera


A confederate monument that has long been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last state flag in the US with the confederate battle emblem.

The marble statue of a saluting confederate soldier will be taken to a Civil War cemetery in a secluded area of campus.

Students and faculty have pushed the university for years to move the statue, but they say their work is being undermined by administrators' plan to beautify the cemetery.

A draft plan by the university indicates that the burial ground will eventually feature a lighted pathway to the statue and that headstones might be added to confederate soldiers' graves that have been unmarked for decades.

"Moving the monument should be a clear stand against racism, not another embarrassing attempt to placate those who wish to maintain the university's connection to confederate symbols," faculty members from the university's history department wrote in a joint statement last month.

University Chancellor Glenn Boyce said the new site is not intended to glorify the soldiers.

The University of Mississippi, known as "Ole Miss", was founded in 1848, and the statue of the soldier was put up in 1906 - one of many confederate monuments erected across the South more than a century ago.

Critics said the statue's location near the university's main administrative building sent a signal that Ole Miss glorifies the confederacy and glosses over the South's history of slavery.

The state College Board on June 18 approved a plan to move the monument.

The decision happened amid widespread debate about confederate symbols as people across the US and in other countries marched loudly through the streets to protest against racism and police violence against African Americans.

The statue at Ole Miss was a gathering point in 1962 for people who rioted to oppose court-ordered integration of the university.

In February 2019, a rally by outside pro-confederate groups at the monument prompted Ole Miss basketball players to kneel in protest during the national anthem at a game later that day.

Student government leaders voted two weeks later for a resolution asking administrators to move the monument to the cemetery, where confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Shiloh are buried.

One of the student senators sponsoring that resolution was Arielle Hudson of Tunica, Mississippi, who graduated this year and has been selected as a Rhodes scholar.

She told The AP on Thursday that her joy at knowing the statue was moved has been tempered by concerns about the university's elaborate cemetery plan.

As a student, Hudson gave tours to prospective students through an "ambassador" programme.

She said ambassadors were generally told to avoid the confederate statue, but she once ended up near it.

"Those conversations were hard, especially as a Black student trying to convince other Black students and their families that they belong here," Hudson said Thursday.

"You're standing a few feet away from an object that tells them that space wasn't made for them."

The University of Mississippi has worked for more than 20 years to distance itself from confederate imagery, often amid resistance from tradition-bound donors and alumni.

The nickname for athletic teams remains the Rebels, but the university retired its Colonel Reb mascot in 2003 amid criticism that the bearded old man looked like a plantation owner.

In 1997, administrators banned sticks in the football stadium, which largely stopped people from waving confederate battle flags.

The marching band no longer plays "Dixie."

Because of a student-led effort, the university in 2015 stopped flying the confederate-themed Mississippi flag.

A groundswell of support from business, religious, education and sports leaders recently pushed legislators to retire the flag.

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Post by: Battle on July 16, 2020, 05:05:26 pm
Thursday, 16th July 2o2o
U.S. Army Seeks to Remove 'Divisive Symbols' From Military Bases
by Reuters

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Army wants to remove any sort of divisive symbols from military bases, the Army secretary said on Thursday, suggesting the Pentagon was close to a broader policy barring such symbols from all military installations.

A number of military services, including the Marine Corps, have already banned the display of confederate flags even as Individual-1 has said that flying the flag is "freedom of speech."

"Anything that is a divisive symbol, we do want to take those of our installations and that sort of thing out of our formation," Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters without specifying the symbols.

Asked if that would include specifically identifying confederate flags as divisive symbols, McCarthy, appointed by Individual-1 to his role last year, said:

"We would have any divisive symbols on a no-fly list, if you will."

A spokeswoman for McCarthy said he was not specifically referring to the confederate flag and would defer to the Pentagon on any specific guidance on the issue.

McCarthy added that the Pentagon was close to a decision on a uniform policy for the different services on divisive symbols.

Recent U.S. social unrest has raised new questions about confederate symbols, including monuments, memorials and the flag, as most consider them emblems of slavery, racism and xenophobia.

Supporters say they represent the South’s heritage and culture, and serve as a memorial to confederate casualties during the 1861-65 Civil War.

Individual-1, who has stoked racial divisions as part of his re-election campaign, has criticized the desecration and removal of statues of confederate and other former U.S. leaders to energize his political base.

Last month, Individual-1 rejected renaming military bases named after confederate generals, slapping down Pentagon officials who openly discuss the issue.

Last week the top U.S. general said the military had to take a "hard look" at symbols of the confederacy, including base names.

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Thursday, 17th July 2o2o
confederate flag effectively banned from ALL military installations
by Lolita C. Baldor


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon is banning displays of the confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn’t mention the word ban or that specific flag.

Signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday night, the memo lists the types of flags that may be displayed at military installations.

The confederate flag is not among them — thus barring its display without singling it out in a “ban.”

“We must always remain focused on what unifies us, our sworn oath to the constitution and our shared duty to defend the nation,” Esper’s memo states.

“The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.”

Acceptable flags listed in the memo include the U.S. and state banners, flags of other allies and partners, the widely displayed POW/MIA flag and official military unit flags.

confederate flags, monuments and military base names have become a national flashpoint in the weeks since the death of George Floyd.

Protesters decrying racism have targeted confederate monuments in multiple cities.

Some state officials are considering taking them down, but they face vehement opposition in some areas.

According to a Defense Department official familiar with the matter, the decision not to name a specific prohibited flag was to ensure the policy would be apolitical and could withstand potential legal challenges based on free speech.


The official said the Executive Mansion is aware of the new policy.

Individual-1 has flatly rejected any notion of changing base names, and has defended the flying of the confederate flag, saying it’s a freedom of speech issue.

According to Esper’s memo, the display of unauthorized flags — such as the confederate banner carried during the Civil War — is acceptable in museums, historical exhibits, works of art or other educational programs.

The Marine Corps has already banned the confederate flag.

General David Berger, the commandant of the Marine Corps, directed his commanders in early June to remove public displays of the confederate battle flag.

That flag, which some embrace as a symbol of heritage, “carries the power to inflame feelings of division” and can weaken the unit cohesion that combat requires, Berger said.

Military commands in South Korea and Japan quickly followed suit.

The new policy does not affect or rescind those bans.

The other three military services were all moving to enact similar bans, but they paused when Esper made it known he wanted a consistent policy across the whole department.

Now they will instead issue this new policy to their troops and employees.

Defense leaders have for weeks been tied in knots over the incendiary issue of banning the confederate flag,

An early draft of the Defense Department plan banned display of the confederate flag, saying the prohibition would preserve “the morale of our personnel, good order and discipline within the military ranks and unit cohesion.”

That version was shelved, and officials have been struggling since then to come up with a policy that would have the same effect but not create political havoc.

Esper discussed the matter with senior leaders during a meeting Wednesday, including some of the legal issues surrounding a variety of bans, which some officials believe could be challenged in court.

The final version is a compromise that enables Esper to enact a ban that passes legal muster and gives military leaders what they want.

According to the official, the new policy doesn’t undo the bans already in place, and service chiefs and secretaries will still be able to enact additional more stringent policies restricting symbols they believe are divisive and harmful to unit cohesion.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss decisions not yet made public.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that he is still working on a policy that would remove all divisive symbols from Army installations.

He didn’t mention the flag, but said,

“we would have any divisive symbols on a no-fly list.”

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Thursday, 23rd July 2o2o
Military Bases Named for confederate Generals Are An 'Insult to Every American'
by Shanel Dawson


The Rev. Al Sharpton responded to Individual-1’s remarks about him and the renaming of Fort Bragg in North Carolina during an Inside City Hall interview on Tuesday.

Individual-1 on Sunday mocked the renaming of Fort Bragg during an interview and sarcastically suggested that is be renamed after Sharpton.

“Go to the community where Fort Bragg is, in a great state, I love that state. Go to the community, say, 'How do you like the idea of renaming Fort Bragg' and then what are we going to name it?” Individual-1 said.

“We’re going to name it after Rev. Al Sharpton?”

“Well, first of all, I’m flattered that I have free rent in his head,” Sharpton told Errol Louis in response on Tuesday.

“But the fact of the matter is, there are many men and women in the military, which is mostly what you name military bases after, that could be named.

“Name a base after Crispus Attucks, a black man who was the first man of any race to die in the American Revolution,” Sharpton continued.

“Name it after those that fought in segregated barracks for a country that would not give them their freedom when they got home.”

Speaking on Individual-1’s praise of Robert E. Lee, Sharpton said that the U.S. is the only nation that honors Americans who tried to overthrow the country.

“There’s no nation in the world that I can find that honors the people that tried to overthrow that country and name those people and honor them by naming military bases after them. It’s unheard of, and it should be an insult to every American,” he said.

Sharpton, who is organizing a march in Washington, D.C., next month, told NY1 that he is also advocating for the renaming of Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge.


Speaking on the legacy of late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who was beaten during a protest on the bridge, Sharpton stressed the importance of rebranding it.


“John Lewis was the most humble. Yet, this man started as a student, beaten as a freedom rider, beaten on the Edmund Pettis Bridge and then went into the Congress for 33 years and was the perfect balance of demonstration and legislation,” he said.

“I think that it would be appropriate among other honors to rename the Edmund Pettis Bridge, who is named after a klansman, that’s who Edmund Pettis was, to rename it the John Lewis Bridge. That’s where he shed blood to get us the right to vote, and that’s why we’re going August 28 to protect that right,” he added.

Sharpton plans on rallying at his "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" march alongside the National Action Network and other civil rights leaders next month.

The march, which will highlight police reform, voting rights and the census, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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Friday, 24th July 2o2o
Virginia evicts lee statue and other confederate Monuments from State Capitol
by The Associated Press


(RICHMOND, Virgina) — Virginia has removed from its iconic state capitol the busts and a statue honoring confederate generals and officials.

That includes a bronze statue of General robert r. lee positioned in the same spot where he stood to assume command of the state’s armed forces in the Civil War nearly 160 years ago.

They are the latest confederate symbols to be removed or retired in the weeks since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked a nationwide protest movement.

Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat, quietly ordered the Lee statue and busts of generals J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, confederate president Jefferson Davis, and others removed from the historic Old House Chamber.


A moving crew worked through the night Thursday — carefully removing the monuments and their plaques and loading them into a truck and taking them to an undisclosed location.

The stealth approach avoids the possibility of protests or a lawsuit to keep the monuments in place, but may prompt criticism that the monuments were moved without public discussion.

“Virginia has a story to tell that extends far beyond glorifying the confederacy and its participants,” Filler-Corn said in a statement.

“Now is the time to provide context to our Capitol to truly tell the commonwealth’s whole history.”

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia State Capitol is the first state capitol to open after the American Revolution and was used as the confederacy’s Capitol during much of the Civil War.

Filler-Corn’s move to remove the confederate generals comes a few weeks after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered the removal of a different Lee monument — a 21-foot (6-meter) bronze equestrian sculpture on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue.

A lawsuit has delayed that statue’s removal, but other confederate monuments on the street — once one of the most prominent collection of tributes to the confederacy in the nation — have already come down.

And earlier this week, the U.S. House approved a bill to remove statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders from the U.S. Capitol.

The bill’s prospects in the Senate are uncertain.

In Virginia, the Old House Chamber was where lawmakers first met when the Capitol opened in 1788 and was used as the House’s meeting place for more than 100 years before the Capitol building was expanded.

It is not currently used for official purposes when the legislature meets.

The chamber’s history is long and varied — then-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall presided over a trial there that saw former Vice President Aaron Burr acquitted of treason — but much of the iconography in the room is devoted to confederates.

Virginia delegates voted in the chamber to secede from the Union in April 1861.

A few days later, Lee entered the room to take formal command of the state’s military.

Seven years later, after the South lost the war, it was the same room where a new constitutional convention met that included Black delegates for the first time.

Like many confederate monuments, most of those recently removed from Virginia’s Capitol were erected decades after the Civil War.

They were commissioned and built during the Jim Crow era, when states imposed new segregation laws, and during the “Lost Cause” movement, when historians and others tried to depict the South’s rebellion as a fight to defend states’ rights, not slavery.

The Lee statue was approved in 1928 with the help of then-Governor Harry Byrd, who would later go on to lead the state’s Massive Resistance to racially integrated schools.

It’s $25,000 price tag (about $370,000 currently) was paid for by the state, donations and an in-kind donation from the sculptor.

Busts of Davis and Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the confederacy, were donated to Virginia in the 1950s by Mississippi and Georgia.

Filler-Corn also announced she’s appointed Del. Delores McQuinn to lead a new advisory group to advise the speaker on “possible future actions” of other historical artifacts controlled by the House.

The House does not control Capitol Square, the outdoor area around the Capitol, which includes statues of Stonewall Jackson and William “Extra Billy” Smith, a former governor and confederate brigadier general.

The authority to remove those statues is a matter of debate and may need the full approval of the legislature.


The confederate monuments are not the only tributes to losing causes in and around the Capitol, a building built with slave labor where almost every portrait hanging on the walls is of a white man.

A large statue of Byrd, the arch segregationist, sits on Capitol Square and two portraits hanging prominently in the Capitol.

In the House chamber, directly behind where House speakers preside, is a plaque honoring Nathaniel Bacon.

He was wealthy colonist who led a failed rebellion in the 1670s whose aims including the unfettered killing of Indians and the seizing of their lands.

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Post by: Battle on July 24, 2020, 12:50:24 pm
Friday, 24th July 2o2o


Two statues of Christopher Columbus that stood in Chicago parks have been taken down at the direction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a week after protesters trying to topple one of the monuments to the Italian explorer clashed with police.

Crews used a large crane to remove the statue from its pedestal in downtown Chicago's Grant Park as a small crowd gathered to watch.

That's the park where police and protesters clashed a week ago.

Hours later, a second statue of Columbus was removed from Arrigo Park in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood.

The Democratic mayor's office said in a statement issued after the statues were taken down that both were "temporarily removed" at the mayor's direction "in response to demonstrations that became unsafe for both protesters and police."

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Friday, 21st August 2o2o
After more than 160 years, Central Park gets 1st statue honoring real-life women
by Katie Kindelan


For the first time in its over 160-year history, New York City's famous Central Park will have a statue commemorating real-life women.

A statue featuring women's rights pioneers Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, all New Yorkers, will be unveiled on August 26th 2020 in the same month that the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

"The honor of being able to do this is profound," said Women's Rights Pioneers Monument sculptor Meredith Bregmann, who was picked for the project from a pool of nearly 100 entries.

"It astonishes me and it fills me with pride."

Bregmann, who lived most of her life in New York City and now lives in Connecticut, was commissioned for the project by Monumental Women, an all-volunteer nonprofit made up of women's rights advocates, historians and community leaders.

"The sad thing is that so many people for so many years never even noticed that real women were missing in Central Park, and what does that say about the invisibility of women and the lack of recognition that women face in this country and this world for the hard work that they have done and will always do," said Pam Elam, president of Monumental Women.

"We said, 'If the city is not going to do what it should in terms of representing all of the people in its public spaces, then our small, all-volunteer, nonprofit group will step up and do that."

Monumental Women had to fight through paperwork, layers of bureaucracy and doubts that a statue representing real women was needed in the park, including comments like,

"Are you sure you want a statue? How about a nice garden?," according to Elam.

The group also had to raise more than $1 million in private funding to make the statue a reality.

They were helped in the effort by Girl Scout troops that donated more than $10,000 in cookie sales, and by New York Life, which donated a $500,000 challenge grant because of its connection to Susan B. Anthony.

The women's rights advocate used the cash value of her New York Life insurance policy in 1900 to guarantee admission for the first female students into the University of Rochester, according to New York Life.

Anthony, Truth and Stanton were chosen for the statue because they were "All women who dedicated their lives to fighting for equality and justice and they often shared the same stages and attended the same meetings, so it's only fair that they share the same pedestal," according to Elam.

Bergmann said she hopes the statue of the three women in conversation, which will sit in the Mall in Central Park, inspires people who see it to "lead larger and more valuable lives."

"Although there are three figures, they're not just in place, they're interacting very closely," she said.

"They're kind of caught in motion, in conversation, in debate, and it's up to you to decide what they're saying, what they just said, what they're going to see."

When the statue is unveiled on August 26th 2020, Monumental Women plans to also unveil a challenge to cities and towns across the country to "reimagine their public spaces" and include tributes to women and people of color, according to Elam.

She hopes the work Monumental Women did to add a statue in Central Park can be a blueprint for groups in other cities and that the statue itself "energizes" people to "move history forward."

"We want people to look at this beautiful work of art and feel both inspired and energized to carry on the fight of those women, the fight of all the women who came before us and achieve full equality for women in our lifetimes," said Elam.

"We want people to go away with a sense of urgency that we must have a responsibility to move history forward."

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A 1,000 square foot mosaic of Ida B. Wells is installed at Union Station in DC
by Amanda Jackson


It's been 100 years since American women were granted the right to vote.

To commemorate this milestone, a massive mosaic of suffragist and civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells, is being installed on the floor of Union Station in Washington DC.

But if you look closely, Wells isn't the only woman being honored.

The portrait is comprised of thousands of historical photos featuring woman who fought for the right for women to vote, according to the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC).

"What we are able to do with this art installation is that we can show the depths of this movement," Anna Laymon, WSCC Executive Director, told CNN on Tuesday.

"It wasn't just one woman who fought for the right to vote it was thousands."

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920, granting the right for women to vote.

It took decades of marching and lobbying by generations of suffrage advocates to get the amendment passed.

The mural, titled "Our Story: Portraits of Change," was designed by artist Helen Marshall of the People's Picture, produced by Christina Korp of Purpose Entertainment, and commissioned by the WSCC.

The project has been in in the works for the past year, according to Laymon.

"We are so proud to highlight and honor Ida B. Wells as the main subject of the Our Story photo mosaic," Christina Korp, Executive Producer of Purpose Entertainment, said in a press release.

"Her story as a suffragist, civil rights activist and investigative journalist is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago."

Union Station is an important location for the woman's suffrage movement.

In 1919, it was where suffragists who had been jailed for picketing the White House began their train tour, according to the press release.

It will take a team of around six people to install the giant 1,000 square foot installation on the floor of the station, according to Korp.

It will be installed August 24th and displayed till August 28th.

"We hope this project will inspire the public to learn more about her and countless others featured within the digital interactive mosaic online," Korp said.

Visitors at Union Station will get a chance to be fully immersed in the art exhibit by walking over and exploring each image.

"In ancient cultures, floor mosaics were in public places and revered and could be studied close up -- that's what we want people to really explore it and see ALL the pictures and even touch them," Marshall told CNN.

People from all over the world will also be able to experience the art work online, where they can zoom in on each photo and read stories about some of the women featured.

"I see this artwork as a truly international commemoration, and I hope that many will enjoy seeing it in person and exploring it in its full interactive glory online in the safety of their homes," Marshall said.

This isn't the first suffrage art piece that Marshall has designed.

In 2018, she created the "Face of Suffrage" floor mural displayed in a railway station in England to celebrate the centenary women's right to vote in United Kingdom.

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Sunday, 20th September 2o2o
California finally sweeps away most of its tributes to the confederacy. What took so long?
by Kevin Waite


Over the summer, California underwent a historical reckoning perhaps as comprehensive as any state in the nation.

Activists toppled monuments to confederates, to Spanish missionaries, even to Union generals.

Now the process is drawing to a close in a rather unspectacular fashion — not because activists lack the initiative for further action, but because there are almost no monuments left to remove.

That California, a progressive state more than 1,500 miles from the nearest major Civil War theater, would sweep away tributes to dead confederates seems self-evident.

Yet this summer’s rash of monument removals was the culmination of a long-fought and hard-won battle.

Until recently, California housed far more confederate monuments and place names than any state beyond the South.

Other free states contained at most a small handful of rebel tributes, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extensive database.

California, in contrast, established more than a dozen such markers over the course of the 20th century.

Californians began fighting over the memory of the Civil War not long after robert e. lee surrendered the main rebel army in April 1865.

The debate was especially intense in Los Angeles, home to a vocal base of secessionists.

“The Civil War continued to rage” in postbellum Los Angeles, according to Horace Bell, a Union veteran who returned to Southern California shortly after the conflict.

When Bell passed by, fellow white Angelenos often spat:

“The idea … of a Los Angeles man of your stamp fighting on the side of the Blacks!”

According to his own estimates, Bell wound up in as many as 40 brawls for his wartime loyalties.

And in 1882, L.A. went so far as to elect a former confederate army captain as mayor.

Over the coming decades, thousands of white Southern migrants arrived in California.

Although they represented a minority of the state’s overall population, they wielded outsized influence in the struggle over Civil War memory.

They waged their campaigns through well-funded memorial associations, particularly the United Daughters of the confederacy.

In 1925, L.A.’s confederate memorial associations erected the first rebel tribute on the West Coast.

The monument, a six-foot granite pillar in Hollywood Cemetery, saluted several dozen confederate veterans who had moved to Southern California after the war.

They were buried in the surrounding cemetery plot.

Several years later, the United Daughters of the confederacy turned a San Gabriel mansion into the first and only rebel veterans rest home outside the former slave states and territories.

They called it Dixie Manor.

Some 500 people gathered to celebrate the home’s dedication in 1929.

Controversy had erupted in San Diego several years earlier, when confederate devotees erected a monument to the jefferson davis Highway.

It marked the western terminus of a proposed coast-to-coast road system named in honor of the rebel commander in chief.

Almost immediately, Union veterans began protesting.

Particularly galling was the fact that the monument sat directly in front of the U.S. Grant Hotel, which had been built by the war hero’s son.

The veterans succeeded in having the Davis Highway monument hauled off in 1926, less than a year after it was installed.

But the confederacy would rise again in San Diego.

Roughly three decades later, amid a national controversy over school desegregation, the United Daughters of the confederacy reinstalled a marker to the Davis Highway.

Once again, it stood across from the U.S. Grant Hotel, as if to taunt the old Union commander.

It was one of five highway markers to the rebel president in California.

Shortly thereafter, San Diego named one of its schools for confederate Gen. robert e. lee — the second of its kind within the state.

(The first was in Long Beach).

By hanging the name of a slaveholder on an educational institution, San Diego rose a not-so-subtle protest to the ongoing process of school integration.

By the early 21st century, California boasted at least 18 confederate monuments and place names.

In addition to his highway markers, Davis also had a peak near Lake Tahoe named in his honor.

And along with his two schools, Lee also had four redwood trees named after him.

Additionally, California housed the township of confederate Corners in Monterey County; a scenic network of hills named for the confederate warship Alabama; a plaque to Robert S. Garnett, the first rebel general killed in the Civil War; and three large stone memorials to the common confederate soldier in Hollywood, San Diego and Orange County.

The driving force behind California’s rebel landscape, the United Daughters of the confederacy, had 18 chapters in the state as recently as 1999.

For comparison, Ohio and New York — the free states where, after California, the organization was most active — had only three chapters each.

These monuments would, most likely, still be standing if not for a series of violent acts that finally focused public outrage on Confederate commemorations.

Three major flash points inspired an ongoing reckoning with the American past — the murder of nine worshippers at one of the nation’s oldest African American churches in 2015; the white supremacist rally around a statue to robert e. lee in Charlottesville, Va., two years later; and the killing of George Floyd in May.

As a result, in California there are no longer any schools named after robert e. lee, or peaks after jefferson davis, or memorials to confederate soldiers.

Most of the Davis Highway markers are gone as well.

Although Lee’s trees still technically bear the rebel general’s name — changing their designation requires approval from Congress or the director of the National Parks Service — identifying signage has been removed.

After nearly a century of debate, California has nearly been purged of its confederate tributes.

Yet perhaps the most surprising aspect of this history is not that these monuments finally fell during our long, hot summer of protest.

It’s that they survived for as long as they did.

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Tuesday, 22nd September 2o2o (originally published Saturday, 27th June 2o2o)
The Senate Filibuster Is Another Monument to White Supremacy
by David Litt


The statues are falling.

On Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, confederate President jefferson davis has been yanked off his pedestal.

In Philadelphia, the former mayor and virulent racist Frank Rizzo was transferred to a storage facility.

Across the Atlantic, a crowd of protesters grabbed Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader, and dumped him into Bristol Harbor.

Yet there is another relic of the jim crow era that has, thus far, been largely overlooked. (

The Senate filibuster—the rule that allows a minority of senators to block nearly every piece of legislation—may not have the literal weight of stone or metal.

But it, too, is a direct legacy of segregation, and it remains a tool for maintaining systemic racism.

In this moment of long-overdue reckoning, it’s time for the filibuster to go.

In fairness, the filibuster was not explicitly designed as a tool for white supremacists.

In fact, the filibuster was not “designed” at all.

It was created by accident, part of a sloppy revision of the Senate rule book by Aaron Burr just a few months after his famous duel with Alexander Hamilton.

In a careless effort to remove what he thought was redundant language, he cut the “previous question motion,” which would have allowed a majority of lawmakers to end debate and force a vote on a bill.

For more than a century, Burr’s mistake gave even a tiny handful of senators the power to block a bill indefinitely.

But in 1917, Woodrow Wilson (himself an ardent segregationist) demanded reform.

“The Senate of the United States is the only legislative body in the world which cannot act when its majority is ready for action,” he complained.

“A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.”

Many senators favored eliminating the filibuster altogether, but in the end they compromised and created a new Senate rule:

If two-thirds of the upper chamber came together, a speaker could be cut off and a filibuster broken.

This was the first appearance of the filibuster in its modern form, though the required number of votes was later reduced to three-fifths.

A grumpy trio or quartet could no longer slam the brakes on the entire legislative process, but a faction of senators—a group larger than a handful but smaller than a majority—could still kill any bill it pleased.

One faction in particular was large and well organized enough to make good use of the new filibuster: southern segregationist Democrats.

And the single issue on which they were most unified—and to which they were most adamantly opposed—was civil rights.

Consider what happened in the early 1920s, when the Massachusetts Republican Henry Cabot Lodge introduced a bill to combat lynching murders.

At the time, most lawmakers were not pro-lynching murders.

An anti-lynching murder bill had passed the House and enjoyed majority support in the Senate as well.

But to take advantage of that majority support, the bill needed to be voted on.

To ensure that this never happened, southern senators executed what can best be described as a ballet of obstruction.

First, to slow the proceedings, they demanded that the Senate journal be read out loud each day in full, something technically required by the chamber’s rules but rarely enforced.

Then the filibusterers began offering amendments to the journal during the reading.

These could be as meaningless as inserting a senator’s middle name or changing a single word in a speech.

Yet the vote on each of these amendments could be filibustered.

After a week of fruitless exhortation, Lodge realized that he had only two options: abandon the rest of his legislative priorities or scuttle the anti-lynching murder bill.

He scuttled the bill.

Over the next few decades, Congress would consider nearly 200 anti-lynching murder measures.

Thanks to the unique procedures of the Senate, and the unique enthusiasm with which they were exploited by jim crow’s supporters, not one became law. (

In 2005, the Senate passed a resolution formally apologizing to lynching murder victims for its inaction.

The text was brutally honest about the horrors of what it called “the ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction.”

Yet the apology made no mention of why lynching murders had been allowed to persist.

Americans were left to conclude that the Senate had examined a half century’s worth of anti-lynching murder bills and, upon careful consideration, dismissed them as unwise.

In fact, this wasn’t the case at all.

The bills weren’t rejected by a majority of the sober, cautious Senate.

There was nothing to reject.

They never received a vote.

Nor were anti-lynching murder measures the only bills to fall victim to the filibuster.

For nearly a half century after Wilson’s reforms created the modern filibuster, not a single substantial civil-rights bill became law.

Even the “talking” filibuster—the marathon speech made famous in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington—is intertwined with racism.

The longest filibuster on record, strom thurmond’s in 1957, was delivered to protest civil-rights legislation.

In fact, and somewhat ironically, it was precisely because the filibuster was such an effective tool for defending segregation, and because segregationists in turn became the filibuster’s staunchest defenders, that obstruction on other issues was relatively rare.

Most senators didn’t want to legitimize jim crow’s favorite procedural tactic. (

The result was a kind of bargain—or at least a reluctant acceptance—that shaped our democracy for decades.

On the one hand, the Senate helped build the America we have today, passing the bulk of the New Deal, the Marshall Plan, the Interstate Highway System, and plenty of other big, ambitious bills.

Yet, during that same time, the former confederacy was allowed to maintain a system of autocratic, racist, one-party rule.

Americans were murdered, unjustly imprisoned, denied the right to vote, and treated by their own country as subhuman—all because of the Senate’s unique and often venerated procedure.

Today, the filibuster continues to hold back progress on civil rights.

Because the chamber’s two-senators-per-state structure favors smaller-population rural states, disproportionately white states have disproportionate power in the Senate.

Combine this with the current 60-vote threshold for passing legislation, and it’s not hard to see why racial justice is a far more urgent priority for Americans than it is for senators.

In fact, just two weeks ago, Kentucky Senator rand paul used a parliamentary delaying trick to hold up an anti-lynching murder bill.

The segregationists of a century ago would be proud.

Yet there is a fundamental difference between the obstruction that frustrates leaders in our era and the obstruction that got the better of Henry Cabot Lodge.

We don’t need to choose between having a democracy and allowing racist systems to continue.

In fact, today, we face the opposite choice: self-government and anti-racism on one hand; autocracy and white nationalism on the other.

Doing away with the Senate filibuster would not, of course, mean the end of systemic racism. But it would make anti-racist policies far easier to pass than they are today, and it would help dismantle both the legacy and machinery of jim crow. (

Debates about long-venerated icons are never simple, and there will always be those who argue that “protecting our heritage” is more important than rising above the worst failings of our past.

But with the prospect of change on the horizon, Americans should approach the potential collapse of the filibuster the same way they increasingly view the fall of Davis, Rizzo, Colston, and so many others.

Tear it down.

It’s time.

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Saturday, 26th September 2o2o
Paris names park after Black woman who resisted slavery
by Associated Press


(PARIS) — The city of Paris inaugurated a public garden Saturday honoring a woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo also announced plans to erect a statue to the woman, Solitude, at the site in northeastern Paris. It will be the city’s first statue honoring a Black woman.

Amid global protests against monuments to white men linked to colonialism or the slave trade, French leaders have resisted taking down statues but pushed instead to design new monuments to more diverse, lesser-known historical figures.

Solitude was born around 1772 to an African slave who was raped by a white sailor on the ship bringing her to the Antilles, according to newspaper Le Monde.

She won her freedom after the French Revolution, but then Napoleon reinstated slavery in French colonies and Solitude joined Guadeloupe's resistance movement, according to city hall.

Napoleon's forces arrested a then-pregnant Solitude, and sentenced her to death.

France abolished slavery again in 1848.

Guadeloupe remains part of France, and saw protests earlier this year against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death in the U.S.

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Monday, 28th September 2o2o
Alabama City Removes Confederate Monument Following Vote
by Associated Press

(ANNISTON, ALABAMA) — An Alabama city has removed a 115-year-old confederate monument following a vote by city leaders that was prompted by the national reckoning over racial injustice and the legacy of the Civil War.

Workers with the city of Anniston began removing the stone obelisk from the grassy median of a busy avenue late Sunday, city spokesman Jackson Hodges said Monday, and the work only took about 20 minutes.

The City Council voted 4-1 earlier this month to take down the monument to confederate artillery officer John Pelham, who was from nearby Alexandria and died in battle in 1863.

The memorial, which was erected in 1905 while Southern heritage groups were promoting a version of Civil War history that cast the Southern cause as noble, will be taken to a confederate history park. An inscription on the base referred to Pelham as “gallant" and beloved.

City spokesman Jackson Hodges said the obelisk was taken down late at night to prevent traffic problems on the main road through the city.

“It wasn’t to pull a fast one on the community,” he said.

Located about 65 miles (104 kilometers) east of Birmingham, the city of roughly 22,000 people is about 52% Black.

The removal came during a national reckoning of confederate symbols that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

Mayor Jack Draper said he put the removal on the council's agenda in June after hearing from multiple residents on both sides.

“And I think, given where we are right now, with a heightened focus on racial and social injustice, now is the time to actually debate this issue,” Draper told WBRC-TV in June.

The Birmingham suburb of Pelham is named for Pelham, who also was the namesake of an artillery range at the Army's Fort McClellan in Anniston.

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Friday, 30th October 2o2o
VMI to remove statue of confederate general stonewall jackson
by The Associated Press


(LEXINGTON, Virginia) — The Virginia Military Institute’s board voted Thursday to remove a statue of confederate Gen. thomas “Stonewall” jackson that currently stands in front of the historic barracks on campus, a school spokesperson said.

Spokesman William “Bill” Wyatt said the board also voted to take a number of other steps toward addressing issues of diversity, including directing the adoption of a diversity hiring plan and creating a permanent diversity office.

The moves come as VMI, the nation's oldest state-supported military college, is facing an outside investigation into what Virginia officials have characterized as a culture of “structural racism.”

VMI's superintendent, retired Army Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, resigned Monday, a week after the investigation was announced on the heels of a story in The Washington Post that described Black cadets and alumni facing racist incidents such as lynching threats and a white professor reminiscing in class about her father’s ku klux klan membership.

“VMI, like all aspects of society, must honestly address historical inequities and be intentional about creating a better future. We care deeply about the individual experiences of all of our cadets and alumni,” John William “Bill” Boland, president of the Board of Visitors, said in a statement.

Officials at the school previously said they would cooperate with an investigation, but denied the allegation that the institution has systemic racial problems.

Amid a wave of confederate monument removals over the summer sparked by the death of George Floyd, Peay had announced the college would change some of its longstanding traditions but would not be removing confederate statues, including the Jackson statue that until a few years ago cadets had to salute.

“Unlike many communities who are grappling with icons of the past, VMI has direct ties to many of the historical figures that are the subject of the current unrest. Stonewall Jackson was a professor at VMI, a West Point graduate who served in combat in the Mexican War, a military genius, a staunch Christian, and yes, a confederate General,” Peay wrote in July.

Wyatt wrote Thursday the VMI administration will handle “the orderly movement of the statue.”

He said it would be put in an “appropriate location, perhaps the Battlefield at New Market."

Dozens of VMI cadets who fought in that 1864 battle were killed or wounded.

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Thursday, 19th November 2o2o
UC Berkeley removed the names of 'racist' figures from two of its buildings
by Christina Zdanowicz


The University of California, Berkeley is cutting ties with part of its past and renaming two buildings that are named for men with controversial and racist legacies.

The names from LeConte Hall and Barrows Hall were removed Wednesday, according to a statement from university chancellor Carol Christ.

This comes after a formal review process found the buildings' namesakes had values not consistent with those of the university, the school said.

LeConte Hall was named after brothers John and Joseph LeConte, who were prominent, early members of the faculty.

They came from a slaveholding family in Georgia.

The namesake for Barrows Hall was former University of California president David Prescott Barrows, who the school says held "deeply racist views" and supported white supremacy.

"A building name is more than a symbol," Christ said in a statement.

"Those who we choose to honor reflect who we are and what we believe in. I have committed my administration to doing everything in its power to identify and eliminate racism wherever it may be found on our campus and in our community."

The chancellor noted it is just one step the school is taking to help "reconcile with our past for the sake of a better future."

Berkeley is one of many US universities and colleges that have removed the names of people with controversial pasts in the past few years.

For instance, Alabama State University changed the name of one of its residence halls that honored a one-time domestic terrorist group ku klux klan leader this fall and Columbia University removed the name of a slaver from one of its dorms this summer.

Students and others first asked that the two Berkeley buildings be renamed in 2015.

The university came to a decision after reviewing two proposals submitted in July to the Building Name Review Committee.

The committee voted unanimously for the removals this fall.

"Our buildings should not be another reminder that we are and have long been despised," co-president of the Black Graduate Student Association Caleb E. Dawson said in a statement.

"They should signal otherwise, and those signals should correspond with institutional norms, policies and practices that make us feel otherwise in our everyday lives."

Out of the 634 students who responded to a survey, 87% supported renaming LeConte Hall.

And 95% of the 518 students surveyed didn't want Barrows Hall to keep its name.

"The committee, in preparing its recommendation to rename these buildings adhered to a key principle: The legacy of a building's namesake should be in alignment with the values and mission of the university as expressed in our Principles of Community," Christ said.

"That was clearly not the case for either of these buildings."

LeConte Hall, which is actually two structures, will be called Physics South and Physics North for the time being, the university said in a statement. Barrows Hall is now called The Social Sciences Building.

The university is working on a process to rename the buildings, it said.

The Black Student Union first asked that LeConte Hall be renamed in 2015.

The LeConte brothers came to Berkeley in 1869.

Both were in the confederate Army during the Civil War.

They inherited a family plantation of 200 enslaved Africans in Georgia.

"Joseph LeConte was an outspoken advocate of deeply racist views," Christ said in the statement.

"Despite their service to the university, the brothers' words and deeds profoundly conflict with our values, and with our commitment to equity, inclusion and a true sense of belonging for every member of our community."

The other building was named after Barrows, who was the president of the University of California from 1919 to 1923 and a faculty member for three decades, the university said.

Students, faculty and staff have been calling for the building to be renamed since 2015, as Barrows held racist views of Filipinos, Black people and indigenous peoples and he advocated for white supremacy.

"He believed and wrote, for example, that Europeans and white people were the only 'great historical race,' and that, 'the Black lacks an inherent passion for freedom,'" Christ said.

"Here, too, the historical record provides ample evidence of intolerable racist beliefs and biases that are profoundly contrary to what we know, believe and stand for."

The university "unnamed" a building in January that's now called The Law Building, the chancellor said.

The renaming committee is also considering a proposal for the renaming of Kroeber Hall.

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Post by: Battle on February 04, 2021, 02:32:46 pm
Thursday, 4th February Two Thousand and Twenty One
North Carolina Stops Issuing Confederate License Plates
by Associated Press

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is no longer issuing specialty license plates featuring the confederate battle flag, according to a statement.

The agency said the removal of the license plate, issued to members of the sons of confederate Veterans organization, took effect January 1st, the StarNews of Wilmington reported.

The move comes six months after NCDMV acknowledged it had received complaints about the confederate battle flag appearing on a specialty license plate.

“The Division of Motor Vehicles has determined that license plates bearing the confederate battle flag have the potential to offend those who view them,” the agency said in a statement.

"We have therefore concluded that display of the confederate battle flag is inappropriate for display on specialty license plates, which remain property of the state.”

NCDMV said it will continue to recognize the North Carolina Division of sons of confederate Veterans as a civic organization entitled to a specialty plate, but the recognition does not entitle it to dictate the contents of the government speech on that plate.

The DMV cites the ruling in the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans v. Faulkner, a 1998 court case that saw the confederate group sue the state for recognition as a civic organization that qualified for the issuance of a specialty plates.

The sons of confederate veterans won the case in a ruling upheld by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, leading to the introduction of the confederate battle flag plate.

In its statement, the NCDMV said it remains in accordance with the ruling, which it said does not extend to the actual contents of the specialty plate.

The NCDMV confirmed it had received complaints about plates bearing the confederate flag in light of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

In 2015, demand for the specialty confederate plate soared.

That rise came after Dylann Roof, who had claimed allegiance to the confederacy, massacred nine people at a historic black church.

Not long after the shooting, then South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the confederate flag from the state capitol.

Some drivers in North Carolina believed the specialty plate might not be available soon.

Drivers purchased 1,400 of the plates that year, up from an average of 250 plates sold per year in the preceding decade.

The DMV said it remains open to considering an alternative design and would resume with issuing a specialty plate for sons of confederate Veterans members upon approval.

But until such an agreement is made, it will “either issue SCV members standard plates and refund any specialty-plate fees paid or provide them with different specialty plates,” according to the statement.

Last summer, North Carolina sons of confederate Veterans chapter spokesman Frank Powell said the plates were a symbol of members for those in the organization.

WRAL reported Monday that Powell said the group believes the change is illegal and that the SCV’s legal team is reviewing options.

“The DMV doesn’t get to choose what logo we use,” Powell said.

Demand for the specialty confederate plate has waned since 2015, but hundreds still purchase the specialty license plate every year.

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Post by: Battle on February 05, 2021, 09:00:38 am
Friday, 5th February Two Thousand and Twenty One


A war rages on in America, and it didn’t begin with individual-1 or the assault on the Capitol.

It started with slavery and never ended, through lynchings and voter suppression, the snarling attack dogs of Bull Connor and the insidious accounting of redlining.

Today’s battles in the race war are waged by legions of white people in the thrall of stereotypes, lies and conspiracy theories that don’t just exist for recluses on some dark corner of the internet.

People like the murderer who fatally shot nine Black parishioners at a church in South Carolina, telling detectives that Black people were taking over the country and raping white women.

And the shooter who killed 23 and wounded 23 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas — targeting Mexicans, authorities say, because he believed they were invading the country to vote for Democrats.

And the riotous mob, rife with white supremacists, that bought in when individual-1 and others insisted falsely that the presidential election was stolen, mostly in areas where people of color live and vote.

For a very long time, civil rights leaders, historians and experts on extremism say, many white Americans and elected leaders have failed to acknowledge that this war of white aggression was real, even as the bodies of innocent people piled up.

Racist notions about people of color, immigrants and politicians have been given mainstream media platforms, are represented in statues and symbols to slaveholders and segregationists, and helped demagogues win elections to high office.

The result?

A critical mass of white people fears that multiculturalism, progressive politics and the equitable distribution of power spell their obsolescence, erasure and subjugation.

And that fear, often exploited by those in power, has proven again and again to be among the most lethal threats to nonwhite Americans, according to racial justice advocates.

So how does the nation begin addressing the war of white aggression after countless missed opportunities?

The Rev. William Barber II, a civil rights leader and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, a multiracial coalition that aims to lift millions out of poverty and oppression, said it starts with collectively refusing to have political debates rooted in lies and racist tropes.

“White supremacy, though it may be targeted at Black people, is ultimately against democracy itself,” Barber told The Associated Press.

“The collateral damage, when you keep unleashing the lies, sow the wind and pour this poison into the veins of people, is the system becomes so septic that violence spews out of it.”

After taking the oath of office on the very platform that some in the mob scaled to breach the Capitol, President Joe Biden acknowledged the danger of doing nothing about systemic racism and violence born of hate.

“A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” he said.

“A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”

Historically, white supremacy has advanced in lockstep with fears of Black political power.

After the Civil War, when formerly enslaved people got the right to vote and hold office, the white response included Jim Crow segregation, voter suppression and oppression through law enforcement.

The January 6th Capitol riot occurred the same day that Georgia declared the winners of its runoff elections — Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the first Black and Jewish candidates the Southern state had ever sent to the U.S. Senate.

And it happened as Inauguration Day approached for Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian person sworn to serve as vice president.

It should not go unnoted that at least one large confederate flag was waved by the Capitol trespassers.

To many in that mostly white mob, nonwhite Americans wielded an inconceivable amount of political influence in the last election, threatening the primacy of white rule.

When white supremacism is challenged, its defenders deliberately sow division in service to the old order, Barber said.

“This kind of mob violence, in reaction to Black, brown and white people coming together and voting to move the nation forward in progressive ways, has always been the backlash,” he said.

Oren Segal, vice president of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said addressing the war of white aggression also requires that we stop using benign terms like “culture war” to describe violence that literally kills Americans.

“All somebody had to do was actually look at the dead bodies and the killers to realize that the threat of domestic white supremacist violence has been with us for quite a while,” Segal said.

According to the ADL, which tracks hate violence, roughly 74% of extremists who committed homicides in the U.S. between 2010 and 2019 were right-wing extremists, and a majority of those were white supremacists.

On Monday, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked racism, xenophobia and zealotry since 1990, said the number of active hate groups decreased last year by 11%.

The decrease is due, in part, to a splintering of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups and a migration to social media platforms and their use of encrypted apps.

Still, the law center said, the level of hatred and bigotry in America, as well as the threat of domestic terrorism by hate groups, has not diminished.

Christian Picciolini, a former far-right extremist who founded the deradicalization group Free Radicals Project, said it has become easy to otherize and ignore white people who support far-right movements or join hate groups.

But for too long, he said, that has been part of a collective denial among white people that a real-world, violent threat exists.

“We have to understand that, if we want to prevent this in the future, we have to examine our history — 400 years of what I would classify as our nation’s potholes,” said Picciolini, who last year released the anti-extremist book “Breaking Hate.”

Malcolm Graham, a former state senator in North Carolina, firmly believes that America’s failure to confront white supremacism cost the life of his older sister, Cynthia Graham-Hurd.

She was among the nine killed in 2015 during a Bible study meeting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

The massacre “was a defining moment,” Graham said.

But that moment was wasted when officials and media overemphasized that the victims’ families forgave the killer, instead of investigating his path to extremism, he said.

“We never really dealt with what occurred in Charleston, because everybody was so quick to want to clean it up,” said Graham, who now serves on the Charlotte City Council.

Cynthia Graham-Hurd, a beloved public librarian who was just shy of her 55th birthday, died huddled under a desk in the church’s fellowship hall.

She had been shot at least a half-dozen times.

The gunman, Dylann Roof, committed the nation’s deadliest act of anti-Black domestic terrorism since the 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four girls at a Black church in Alabama.

During closing arguments at Roof’s trial, a federal prosecutor said the 22-year-old avowed white supremacist intended to start a war between the races.

His actions instead sparked a national reckoning over white supremacist iconography, including the confederate battle flag, monuments and statues that appeared in photographs and drawings investigators found among Roof’s belongings.

In July 2015, former republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who is Indian American, signed legislation permanently lowering the confederate battle flag that flew over South Carolina’s Capitol.

Many saw it as a sign that white Americans were awakening to their complicity and accepted their obligation to address disproportionate white control of government, economy and media.

Two years after the Charleston massacre, in 2017, white supremacists, the proud boys and neo-Nazis held a so-called “Unite the Right″ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The event was staged in opposition to the proposed removal of a confederate monument from a public park.

Heather Heyer, a white counterprotester, died in an attack carried out by a rallygoer.

individual-1 — who, just one day before Roof carried out his murders, launched his Executive Mansion bid by decrying Mexican migrants as rapists and drug dealers — infamously said there were “fine people” among the racist Charlottesville rally participants.

There have been moments when it seemed like a reckoning with racism was at hand.

After the May 25th police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, white people joined protests across the nation.

The SPLC said 111 confederate monuments and other white supremacist symbols have been removed, relocated or renamed since Floyd’s death.

But nearly 1,800 confederate symbols, including 725 monuments, remained on public land as of December.

“confederate symbols are not relics of the past – they are living symbols of white supremacy,” SPLC chief of staff Lecia Brooks said.

“As evidenced by the events of January 6th, the confederate flag is just one of many tools still used to reassert white supremacist ideals,” she told the AP.

“These symbols did not go up overnight and the power they hold — specifically in the South — will not be overcome if we continue to stay silent.”

The SPLC has called for federal law enforcement agencies to devote more resources to tracking and prosecuting hate violence and bias incidents, as well as enacting legislation that shifts funding away from punishment models and toward preventing violent extremism.

Picciolini, the former extremist, said prevention is essential to deradicalizing people who pose domestic terror threats.

“The way that I work with people to disengage them from extremism is to not really debate them ideologically,” he said.

“I think that’s the same way America has to deal with this problem. We have to look back at our historical potholes and finally accept them and address them, (and) embrace the people who’ve been harmed along the way, to help shape our future together.”

For Graham, who lost his sister in the Mother Emanuel shooting, the onus isn’t on Black people to begin negotiating a truce in the race war.

Accountability must come first, he said.

“I think white folks need to have a town hall meeting, and I think they need to start calling their people out,” Graham said.

“They have to be able to point a finger at folks that look like them, and point them out at their dinner table, at their churches, at their places of employment.”

Those town halls can be spaces for healing between the races, said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a philanthropic organization.

“At the root of healing is truth-telling,” said Tabron, whose organization has hosted a national day of racial healing for several years.

“What we know in our work is that, for children to thrive in the future, they need a country, a nation and a world where there is equity.”

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Post by: Battle on February 06, 2021, 01:43:49 pm
Saturday, 6th February Two Thousand and Twenty One
confederate monument erected in 1993 is removed from outside Georgia courthouse
by Arielle Kass


(ATLANTA, Georgia) — At 10:01 p.m. Thursday night, the 28-year-old confederate monument that stood in Lawrenceville’s downtown square lay in the back of a flatbed truck.

The face-down granite slabs were secured by yellow straps as the truck drove west, down Pike Street.

Four police cars followed, taking the statue to an undisclosed location, where it will be held while the courts decide its fate.

“There it goes,” said Paul Runnels, who jumped out of his car with his wife, Debbie, when they saw the statue being dismantled.

The pair posed for pictures next to a cordoned-off hole in front of the historic Gwinnett County courthouse, where the monument had stood since 1993.

“I think it’s the right thing to do, I really do,” Runnels said.

Gwinnett County commissioners last month agreed to put the monument into storage for the duration of a legal challenge.

While state law prohibits the removal or relocation of confederate monuments, except “for the preservation, protection, and interpretation” of them, county commissioners agreed that two acts of vandalism threatened the monument’s safety.

They passed a resolution that said keeping it on the Lawrenceville square “may result in additional acts of vandalism and create a public safety concern for the City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County.”

Kirkland Carden, a county commissioner who campaigned on the monument’s removal, said watching the statue come down felt like progress.

It took less than two hours to dismantle the roughly 5,800-pound granite monument and lift the pieces with a 50-ton crane.

“It will not remove 150 years of hatred and white supremacy, but it’s a damn good start,” Carden said. “This has no place in a modern day Gwinnett County.”

Mart Clamp, the owner of Clamp Sandblast, said the process “went perfectly.”

The statue wasn’t damaged, he said.

“To me, this isn’t a right thing or a wrong thing,” he said of the statue’s removal.

“It’s just the will of the people.”

For most of the sparse crowd Thursday night, it was the right thing.

The county didn’t announce when it was taking down the statue, but Trey Hooper, a history teacher, lives near the square.

He walked past as part of the monument was being lifted.

Hooper said he didn’t think a “country that seceded in a treasonous fashion” should be honored in a public space.

The Lawrenceville monument has an early confederate flag etched into it, as well as a picture of a confederate soldier and, among writing, bears the dates 1861-1865 and the notation “LEST WE FORGET.”

It also has a quote from winston churchill.

Hooper said he thought soldiers’ lives could be respected and honored in other ways.

Goran Handac, who lives in Lawrenceville, marveled that the statue had been in the city just since 1993 — the same year he came to Gwinnett as a refugee from Bosnia.

Three times a day, he’s walked passed the monument with his wife and his dog Rambo, hardly noticing it.

But he wondered if even the people the statue honored would question its appropriateness, if they were alive now.

“This is a sign of these times,” Handac said.

Joe Bath, commander of the Lawrenceville camp of the cons of confederate veterans, said he wished the county had let the lawsuit run its course.

His group raised the money to install the statue and paid to maintain it.

Bath said he didn’t learn that the monument had been removed until Friday morning.

“These people, they have no concern for the law, no concern for humanity,” he said.

“It’s funny how all of a sudden these things are hurtful. ...I never saw that monument as a threat to anything.”

One man, who identified himself as a member of the sons of confederate veterans but wouldn’t give his name, called county leaders “a bunch of cowards” for taking the statue down.

“It means a lot to me,” said the man, who added that his two great-grandfathers served in the Civil War.

“It breaks my heart.”

Representative Shelly Hutchinson, D-Lawrenceville, said she almost cried when she turned the corner and saw the crane in place.

There’s no monument to a man, Charles Hale, who was lynched on the square — making the presence of the confederate monument even more galling, she said.

Hutchinson said the feeling she got watching the statue come down was indescribable.

She called its removal the biggest victory in her two terms.

“I feel more like a Gwinnettian today than I did yesterday,” Hutchinson said.

“It’s sweet on so many levels.”

She recorded video of the statue’s disassembly on her phone, singing under her breath:

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye.”

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Post by: Battle on March 30, 2021, 04:42:16 pm
Tuesday, 30th March Twenty One
Maryland lawmakers vote to repeal state song, a Civil War-era call to arms for the confederacy
by Associated Press


(Annapolis, Maryland) — Maryland lawmakers gave final passage on Monday to repeal the state song, a Civil War-era call to arms for the confederacy against "Northern scum" that refers to President Abraham Lincoln as a despot.

The vote by Maryland's House of Delegates comes after decades of debate over the song titled "Maryland, My Maryland."

It sends the measure to Republican Governor Larry Hogan.

The governor's spokesman, Michael Ricci, declined to say whether Hogan would sign the bill, because it has not been formally presented to him, but he noted the governor has said he doesn't like the song.

The song, set to the traditional seasonal tune of "O, Tannenbaum," was written as a poem in 1861 by James Ryder Randall.

It was adopted as the state song in 1939.

Maryland lawmakers have tried to replace it since 1974.

Last year's nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota and other police-involved deaths helped to strengthen resolve to finally repeal "Maryland, My Maryland" as the state song.

"There was a feeling of enough is enough," said Senator Cheryl Kagan, who sponsored the legislation this year for her third time.

The measure passed the state Senate 45-0.

The House passed the bill 95-38 on Monday, as a former Minneapolis police officer went on trial on charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death in May.

Maryland was a border state in 1861, and many of its residents at the time sympathized with Randall's call to secede from the Union.

He wrote it as he was distraught over the shooting of a friend during a melee when Union troops marched through Baltimore on their way to Washington.

The song begins with a hostile reference to Lincoln: "The despot's heel is on thy shore, Maryland! His torch is at thy temple door, Maryland!"

Previous attempts to change it have stalled over disagreements about finding a replacement.

This time, sponsors avoided that debate by repealing it without a replacement.

Opposition to the song has been growing in recent years.

In 2017, the University of Maryland marching band announced it would no longer play "Maryland, My Maryland" before football games.

Last year, Pimlico Race Course, home to the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore that's part of horse racing's Triple Crown, scrapped its tradition of playing the song before the race.

"This isn't just about legislation. It's about a consensus that has developed over the years," Kagan, a Democrat, said.

Other legacies of the confederacy have been removed in Maryland, and around the nation.

Days after violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, Maryland officials removed from the Capitol grounds a statue of Roger Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court justice whose 1857 Dred Scott decision upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans.

Last year, Mississippi adopted a magnolia symbol as it replaced the last state flag in the U.S. with the confederate battle emblem.

Virginia removed from its Capitol the busts and a statue honoring confederate generals and officials, including a bronze statue of General Robert E. Lee.

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Post by: Battle on April 01, 2021, 06:29:51 pm
Thursday, 1st April Twenty One
Virginia Supreme Court rules: Charlottesville can remove confederate statues
by Associated Press


(RICHMOND, Virginia) — Virginia's highest court ruled Thursday that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee that became the focus of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017. ♞

The state Supreme Court overturned a Circuit Court decision in favor of a group of residents who sued to block the city from taking down the Lee statue and a nearby monument to fellow General thomas j. “stonewall” jackson.

Charlottesville’s city council voted to remove both.

white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizers of the August 2017 “unite the right” rally in Charlottesville said they went to the city to defend the statue of Lee. ♞

They clashed with counterprotesters before a man plowed his car into a crowd of people, killing a woman.

The Jackson statue was erected in Jackson Park in 1921 and the Lee statue was erected in Lee Park in 1924. ♞

In Thursday's decision, State Supreme Court Justice Bernard Goodwyn said both statues were erected long before the passage of a law regulating the “disturbance of or interference with” war memorials or monuments.

“In other words, (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,” Goodwyn wrote. ♞

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Post by: Battle on April 09, 2021, 02:45:08 am
Friday, 9th April  Twenty One

On this day in 1865, confederate General robert e. lee surrendered to the Union Army; his statue still stands in Richmond, Virginia.
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Post by: Battle on May 04, 2021, 05:12:46 pm
Tuesday, 4th May  Twenty One
NYC Public Schools Get Rid Of Columbus Day
by Joe Walsh

Public school students in New York City will not celebrate Columbus Day this year, the city’s Department of Education said Tuesday, making the Big Apple the latest city to back away from honoring Christopher Columbus — but amid criticism from some New Yorkers, the nation’s largest school district promised a combined mid-October holiday called “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People’s Day.”

Columbus Day has been federally recognized for nearly 100 years, but the holiday is increasingly polarizing.

Many critics argue it’s inappropriate to celebrate Columbus, whose 15th- and 16th-century campaigns through Central America and the Carribean Sea resulted in the killing and enslavement of many Indigenous people.

This history has spurred several cities and states, including Vermont and the District of Columbia, to change the holiday’s name to Indigenous People’s Day.

However, the holiday still has supporters, many of whom view the date as a recognition of Italian accomplishments (Columbus originally hailed from Italy, even though his voyages were organized at the Spanish empire’s behest).

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Title: Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
Post by: Battle on May 05, 2021, 09:34:12 am
Wednesday, 5th May  Twenty One
A dumb Tennessee republican is deceptive about the three-fifths compromise
by Steve Benen


As a rule, the national news tends not to focus too much attention on foolish comments from state legislators.
With more than 7,000 Americans serving in state legislatures nationwide, there are simply too many officials saying too many things to even try to keep up.

But once in a while, an exception comes along.

In Tennessee yesterday, state lawmakers debated a "critical race theory" measure intended to limit what school teachers can say about the influence of institutional racism and privilege.

During the proceedings, state Representative justin lafferty, a dumb republican,  thought it'd be a good idea to share some of his thoughts about the Constitution's three-fifths compromise.

The dumb Knoxville republican argued that the Constitution's framers "specifically limited the number of representatives that would be available in the slaveholding states, and they did it for the purpose of ending slavery — well before Abraham Lincoln, well before the Civil War."

As mind-numbing and painful as the rhetoric was, when Lafferty concluded his remarks, several other stupid Tennessee republican lawmakers literally applauded, as if the argument had merit.

As the New York Times explained, it did not:

The Three-Fifths Compromise, an agreement reached during the negotiations in 1787 to create the United States Constitution, found that, for the purposes of representation and taxation, only three-fifths of a state's enslaved people would be counted toward its total population. It is regarded as one of the most racist deals among the states during the country's founding.

And yet, more than 230 years* later, some on the right apparently expect the public to believe that the three-fifths compromise was somehow a good thing.

Indeed, the ignorance apparently isn't limited to the Knoxville Republican and those who clapped in response to his nonsense.

A Washington Post analysis added some contextual details:

In fact, if he looked closely, he would have seen a version of his claim during a similar debate in Colorado a few weeks ago. In that one, state Rep. Ron Hanks (R) claimed that "the Three-Fifths Compromise was an effort by non-slave states to reduce the amount of representation the slave states had. It was not impugning anybody's humanity." Or in 2019, when Oregon state Sen. Dennis Linthicum (R) claimed that "the three-fifths vote was actually to eliminate the overwhelming influence the slave states would have in representative government."

If we wind the clock back a little further, glenn beck used similar rhetoric a decade ago.

Policymakers and influential political voices having a meaningful debate about the importance of race and history is worthwhile.

But it's difficult to see how the debate is going to have value so long as some are still trying to defend the merits of the three-fifths compromise.

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Post by: Battle on May 12, 2021, 09:33:45 am
Wednesday, 12th May  Twenty One
Judge Orders New York Woman to Remove confederate Flag

by Matthew Impelli


A judge recently ordered a New York woman to remove a rock decorated with a confederate flag from her residence or risk losing custody of her biracial child.

In a 5-0 ruling, justices in the Appellate Division of New York State's Supreme Court's Third Department, allowed a couple to retain joint custody of their biracial child but ordered the mother to remove the rock featuring the confederate flag by June 1st.

"As such, while recognizing that the First Amendment protects the mother's right to display the flag, if it is not removed by June 1st, 2021, its continued presence shall constitute a change in circumstances and Family Court shall factor this into any future best interests analysis," Justice Stanley Pritzker wrote in the ruling on May 6th.

According to the ruling, the parents, who were only identified as Christie and Isiah, were ordered to have joint custody of the child in 2017, but when an attorney for the child recommended that the mother's home should be the child's primary residence, the father appealed.

While the ruling did not identify the child, it stated that she was born in 2014 and currently attends school in the Dryden Central School District in Ithaca, New York.

The ruling states that while it was not addressed during by Family Court or the child's attorney, the mother admitted to having a rock with the confederate flag on it but "testified that she has never used any racial slurs in front of the child or at all."

"Given that the child is of mixed race, it would seem apparent that the presence of the flag is not in the child's best interests, as the mother must encourage and teach the child to embrace her mixed race identity, rather than thrust her into a world that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance," the ruling stated.

"Further, and viewed pragmatically, the presence of the confederate flag is a symbol inflaming the already strained relationship between the parties."

The ruling also detailed the father's testimony, which noted that he and the mother "struggle to communicate" and that the child has behavioral issues such as "kicking, spitting, hitting and swearing a lot."


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Post by: Battle on June 11, 2021, 11:23:44 am
Friday, 11th June  Twenty One
Captured on camera:  white woman vandalizing statue of the only Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition
by Olafimihan Oshin


Video captured a white woman vandalizing a statue of the only Black member of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, NBC-affiliate KGW reported on Wednesday.

Video obtained by the Portland, Oregon, NBC-affiliate shows an unidentified white woman using purple spray paint to deface the statue of York, which honors an enslaved member of the Lewis and Clark expedition.


In an obscenity-laced rant, the woman says that she is a victim of "prejudice against Black and Hispanic people," and says that replacing the statue of a white man with a Black man is "not unity."

She also shared her personal information with a bystander who recorded the incident.

The statue of York, who was the first Black person to cross North America and reach the Pacific Coast, replaced a statue of Harvey Scott, who was the longtime editor and owner of the Oregonian newspaper, according to NBC-affiliate KGW.

Scott's statue was toppled in October because of his past conservative views on women's suffrage, which he opposed.

This is the second time within three months that the statue of York has been vandalized, according to the Williamette Week report.


Portland Parks & Recreation told KGW that it's already working on removing the paint and determining the cost of the damage.

The Portland Police Department is investigating the incident.

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Post by: Battle on June 27, 2021, 10:02:09 am
Sunday, June 27th  Twenty One
Bree Newsome’s athletic act of protest in 2015
by Kevin B. Blackistone


It was, quite literally, the most athletic activist feat during an era in which we have come to celebrate the notion of athlete activism, whatever that is.

But Bree Newsome Bass chuckled when she was asked about the strength and dexterity she showed five years ago — outweighed, maybe, only by the courage she mustered — to scale a 30-foot flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina State House and snatch from its truck and finial with full dishonor a confederate flag that flapped there, and on top of the state’s capitol dome, as a rebuttal to racial justice for more than half a century.

“My dad is a former athlete,” she told me from her Raleigh, North Carolina, home.

“That may be where I get it from.”

Newsome Bass, an artist who has married since her act of protest in South Carolina, was as modest about her parentage as she was her bearing on what we’ve witnessed in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Her father is Clarence Newsome of Ahoskie, North Carolina, one of the first two black scholarship football players at Duke — long before he became a dean at Howard’s School of Divinity.

And her feat of derring-do June 27, 2015, presaged the protests in recent weeks that toppled monuments to confederates, white supremacists such as Washington’s NFL team founding owner George Preston Marshall and christopher columbus, whom a former professor of mine, the late Jan Carew, credited as the original sower, accidental or otherwise, of racism on this continent.

Newsome Bass didn’t intend to become an activist.

Who does?

She grew up in Columbia, Maryland, during the 1990s, going to school, playing piano, running track and hooping while her father presided at Howard and her mother, Lynne, worked for the Howard County Board of Education, trying to solve the achievement gap.

By the time she got to Oakland Mills High, she was concentrating on the arts.

She won a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences scholarship in a short-film competition and went to New York University to study the genre.

Her senior year short-film project was a finalist for the same award won there by Spike Lee.

It wasn’t until she gained an artist-in-residency post at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York in 2011 and witnessed the Occupy Wall Street movement that she was moved politically.

“Then in 2013 when the verdict came back in Trayvon Martin,” Newsome Bass explained, referencing the Florida teen armed with candy who was shot and killed by a vigilante later absolved in court,

“I was ready to drop everything.”

That turned into chasing one protest of an extrajudicial killing of a Black man after another.

She relocated to Charlotte, near where much of her family hailed in North Carolina and across the line in South Carolina, and protested after Michael Brown’s death in 2014.

She marched 11 miles in Ohio later that year for John Crawford III.

She became nauseated at the massacre of nine Black members of Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, not far from where her grandmother was from, by a white man who posed with the confederate flag.

“That was when we thought,” Newsome Bass said of a group of protesters with whom she had allied,

“ ‘Can we take it down?’ ”

She said the group’s members — Black, white and Latino — first wondered whether they could get a forklift because the flag was surrounded by a fence.

But half the group came from the environmental protection movement, and one of them was acquainted with a Greenpeace activist who was familiar with climbing trees to protest.

“That was how it came to be that the method would be that someone scale the pole,” Newsome Bass recalled.

“I felt like I could do it."

And we felt I was the most impactful person to do it because my family was from South Carolina, I was a Black woman, and because of my experience with media I felt comfortable enough to handle some of the media attention that would come with it.

“From there, it was figuring out all the other roles,” she said.

“We needed somebody who could help me over the fence. Be a lookout. We decided it should be a white man … because we wanted to communicate it’s not just the role of the people who are oppressed, but it’s also on the people who have benefited from oppression who have to be a part of this process.”

She had never climbed anything more than a tree as a kid or a rope in gym class.

So she took a few days off to learn from the Greenpeace activist.

First, they had to find a similar pole.

They tried one outside a Charlotte water park.

They tried a lamppost in a park.

Finally, they found a flagpole at a school that seemed about right.

“I remember the very first time I tried, I thought, ‘I’m really not sure I’m going to be able to do this,’ ” she said.

But days after the church massacre, she and her crew drove to the South Carolina State House — James Tyson, a white male, in the front passenger seat and her in the back.

They dressed like construction workers so as not to call attention.

“We walked over, and James put his hands down so I could climb over the fence,” Newsome Bass said.

“I stumbled and injured my hand, but [I had] so much adrenaline, I kept going. By the time [police] took notice and started calling for me to come down, I was already up there.”

She was arrested after coming down, flag in hand.

“[Physicality] was significant,” Newsome Bass said.

“Because people see me do this labor of climbing up the pole as symbolic of the struggle to dismantle a white supremacist system.”

A few weeks later, South Carolina removed the flag and stuck it in a museum.

And slowly, mostly quietly, other Southern states began removing their memorials to racist terror and tyranny.

The Southern Poverty Law Center counted more than 100 confederate monuments and images removed in the three years after the Charleston massacre.

The deconstruction reached a crescendo in the past few weeks as the Black Lives Matter movement turned the recent deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor into a national reckoning on racial injustice.

“The symbols represent an ideology,” Newsome Bass explained.

“I don’t see a scenario where we have resolved racism … [while] we still have monuments to the confederacy up. Seeing these monuments coming down is an indication that we’re moving in the right direction. The shift in the culture and the shift in the mind-set proceeds the shift in the law. That’s always been the case.”

Newsome Bass meet her husband, Marcus Bass, at a protest for Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player who was shot and killed by police in North Carolina.

“There is this real thing about physicality and Blackness in the American system that we can’t ignore,” Newsome Bass said.

“It was always about physically exploiting us, and it comes up time and again in athleticism and the role of athletes in speaking out against their own exploitation and the exploitation of others.”

But the one whose voice and action resonated most was a black female activist acting athletically at the start.


The war that ended in 1865 was clearly fought in the United States of America and involved the people of a single nation. It certainly meets the definition of a civil war. It is shameful that rich southern white men (who had accumulated unconscionable fortunes through the vicious enslavement of African Americans) attempted to steal a large part of the United States so they could continue to amass their blood money. The eminent white historian James B. McPherson (not to be confused with the eminent African American writer James A. McPherson) has thoroughly, eloquently, and extensively obliterated the old arguments asserting that the American Civil War was fought for reasons other the institution of slavery. McPherson also makes it clear that African American soldiers played a central role in the fight to keep the United States whole and ensure freedom for all of the nation's people. Those who desire to fantasize that the confederacy was a legitimate nation and not the tool of evil men committed to exploiting others for their personal gain are dead wrong. At this point in history, it is clear that the confederacy turned its back on the American flag while engaging in the most reprehensible, treasonous conduct ever committed in this country. It is also clear that the confederacy supported the most heinous and immoral practice that this nation has ever engaged in (slavery), only to be vanquished by the collective strength and perseverance of true patriots willing to lay down their lives for the One American Flag and all that it represents.

Blackistone's characterization of the athleticism and determination of Newsome as she took great risks to shine new light on an old problem was quite appropriate. There is always a physical component of struggle and Frederick Douglass taught us that "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." Newsome's arduous act of courage literally elevated protests of the confederacy to heights never before seen.

The Second Amendment was originally intended to enable whites to keep slaves under control. It is no coincidence that the NRA crazies are also white supremacists and that gun violence is so pervasive. The Second Amendment's original intent is obsolete. Gun restrictions need to be in place to stop the astronomical levels of violence our country suffers. The evil spirit of the original intent is no doubt why this country suffers from so many deaths from weapons.

EXCELLENT reminder:    Thanks!!!!    As an 'older than dirt" person,  I will never forget the pride I felt when US Runner's raised their fist at the Olympics, it made me proud that Americans still had the right to protest.    In today's world - we see complaints in the US when anyone dares to speak against a current regime.    white nationalism is a sad reminder of how little progress has been made in the US.

Hero. An absolute hero.

Paul M. Clarke
Congratulations to Ms. Newsome for doing her part to rid our country of a symbol of the slaveholders.

However, watching the video and hearing her regurgitate something from the Bible made me shake my head. Can't people ever get through life and just do the right thing without relying on some sentence they read there? Many of those slave traders used the same book to justify their actions, right?

Only Love is Real
She was extremely brave and heroic. Let her take comfort from whatever faith she chooses!

Donald Skipper
HA you lost and your feddy flag is garbage.

That flag isn't the cause of the "problems on race". It's a sign of infection, and you're the bacillus responsible for its transmission.

And Bree Newsome is the antibiotic that cures that nasty rash.

I had never seen the confederate flag of surrender before.

Jim Edgren
The plantation is America and the overseers of the slaves are the police who act as the slave-catchers and kill the Black people who stand up for themselves.

Donald Skipper
"herd them"

Lookee here! A stupid bigot who thinks Black people can't make up their own minds!

And lookee here!  A stupid bigot who talks about Black people as though they were animals!

Gosh, you're stupid.

And you wonder why your party hasn't been successful in minority outreach, and is the subject of derision everywhere. It's because of you and how stupid you are.


I sincerely hope Bree Newsome becomes a hero for this time in our history. She is as deserving as any that came before her.

Such a great story  Mr. Blackistone. Thank you for reminding us of Ms. Bass's feat and sharing her story.
Perhaps with monuments that can't or won't come down, or are "too big to be removed", they should be surrounded with the rest of history's story. A circle of statues telling the slave side of the Civil War story. It could begin with the figure of the free African in their native garment and end with Ms. Bass's infamous climb. Whatever monuments the Black community finds fitting to express their part of the history.

Get real people
Wow.  Reading the various posts, it is as though too many people do not understand the REASON that all those confederate symbols exist - with many being put up in the early 20th century.

Their POINT was to remind everyone that white supremacy was the 'law of the land' even if the northern courts disagreed.

The statues were a CLEAR message to Blacks that they were still seen as slaves even if the 'federal law' disagreed.  All the statues, Jim Crow laws, and housing discrimination was done to 'put Blacks in their place' and keep them there.

It was NOT done to celebrate a group of rich old white men who wanted to overthrow America - because to call them that would be to recognize that they were traitors. 

So - to justify the overt racism, they fabricated a myth of the states rights movement. 

Don't believe me?  Read the Cornerstone speech given by the vp of the confederacy (who was another rich white old man).
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Post by: Battle on June 29, 2021, 05:54:05 pm
Tuesday, 29th June  Twenty One
The House Votes To Remove confederate Statues In The U.S. Capitol
by Barbera Sprunt


The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to remove all confederate statues from public display in the U.S. Capitol, along with replacing the bust of former Chief Justice of the United States roger taney, author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that declared that people of African descent were not U.S. citizens.

The House passed the measure 285-120.

All Democratic members supported the legislation; all 'no' votes came from republican members.

"My ancestors built this building," Representative Karen Bass, Democrat from California, said in passionate remarks on the House floor ahead of the vote.

"Imagine how they would feel, knowing that more than 100 years after slavery was abolished in this country, we still paid homage to the very people that betrayed this country in order to keep my ancestors enslaved."

The legislation, House Resolution 3005, would direct the architect of the Capitol to identify and remove all statues and busts that depict members of the confederacy from public display within 45 days of the resolution's enactment.

Any removed statue that was provided to the Capitol by a state would be returned to the state, which could then elect to replace it with another honoree.

Among the confederate statues, there is a statue of jefferson davis, president of the confederacy, displayed in Statuary Hall.

The bill also specifically mentions the removal of statues of charles brantley aycock, john caldwell calhoun and james paul clarke — three men who defended slavery and segregation.

"The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from California, said on the floor ahead of the vote.

"The statues that we display should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation. Monuments to men, or people who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to those ideals."

The legislation also calls for the removal of the bust of Taney, author of the Dred Scott decision, which declared that Black Americans weren't citizens of the U.S. and thus couldn't sue in federal courts.

The decision also claimed that Congress didn't have the authority to prohibit slavery in U.S. territories.

The legislation calls for the bust to be replaced with one of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice.

"While the removal of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's bust from the United States Capitol does not relieve the Congress of the historical wrongs it committed to protect the institution of slavery, it expresses Congress's recognition of one of the most notorious wrongs to have ever taken place in one of its rooms, that of Chief Justice roger brooke taney's Dred Scott v. Sandford decision," the legislation reads.

A statue of Taney in on the grounds of the Maryland State House was removed in 2017 after standing for nearly 145 years.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a republican, said at the time it is "the right thing to do."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, republican from California, used his debate time Wednesday to condemn critical race theory, a scholarly approach to studying American institutions through the lens of race and racism that has been rebranded by many republicans as a stand-in for any conversation about race or the role racism continues to play in American society.

McCarthy said he supports the removal of confederate statues and repeatedly noted that the racist lawmakers and leaders they depict were then members of the Democratic Party.

Other republican lawmakers noted their support for the removal of statues but also their frustration over the legislative process.

Tuesday's vote comes nearly a year after the House approved a similar resolution with support from 72 republicans, and which ultimately stalled without support from Senate republicans.

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Post by: Battle on July 12, 2021, 03:59:59 pm
Monday, 12th July  Twenty One
'An Incredible Day'
by Sarah Rankin


(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia) — Cheers erupted Saturday as a confederate statue that towered for nearly a century over downtown Charlottesville was carted away by truck from the Virginia city where it had become a flashpoint for racist protests and deadly violence. ♞

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Post by: Battle on July 20, 2021, 06:06:11 am
Tuesday, 20th July  Twenty One
U.S. Officials Move to Change 'Offensive' Names of Places—and Fish
by Thomas Kika

Democrats in Washington have introduced a new bill that aims to clear official place names of language deemed racist or offensive.

The Reconciliation in Place Names Act was put forward on Friday by Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, as well Texas Representative Al Green, and is co-sponsored by 25 other House Democrats.

Democrats in Washington have introduced a new bill that aims to clear official place names of language deemed racist or offensive.

The Reconciliation in Place Names Act was put forward on Friday by Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, as well Texas Representative Al Green, and is co-sponsored by 25 other House Democrats.

Business Insider reports that roughly 600 of these locations, for example, have nigger in their names, though it is unknown which of these are on the current proposed list.

Other questionably named places flagged by the outlet included slurs for Mexican people and Native American women.

"We need to immediately stop honoring the ugly legacy of racism and bigotry, and that's why I'm introducing the Reconciliation in Place Names Act with my colleagues," Warren said in an official statement.

"These terms are harmful relics from the era of invidious yet lawful discrimination that must be removed from public property," Green added in his own statement.

"Racism, even in geography, cannot be tolerated in a country that strives for liberty and justice for all."

The specific process the bill would establish involves the creation of a board responsible for planning the name changes, filled with civil rights experts and tribal officials.

Public input would also be sought in determining name alternatives.

Suggestions would then be brought to Congress or others governing bodies to make them official.

Pieces of geography are not the only names being reconsidered.

Certain species of fish have also recently seen a move away from nomenclature found to be culturally insensitive.


Government agencies and other official wildlife organizations are working to get rid of the term "Asian carp" as a term to refer to invasive fish species.

The bighead, silver, grass, and black carp species were imported to Mississippi from China in the 1970s "to help clear sewage and aquaculture ponds of algae, weeds, and parasites," Yahoo News reports.

The fish have since become a nuisance to various ecosystems, on account of being "voracious eaters."

There have been pushes to change the name, seen as derogatory to Asian cultures and people, since at least 2014.

However, the call became stronger in the last year after the rise in racism and racially motivated violence against Asian and Asian American people in the U.S. Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee plan to fully move away from the name by August 2nd.

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Post by: Battle on July 22, 2021, 05:47:53 pm
Thursday, 22nd July   Twenty One
Jacksonville lawsuit argues spending tax money on confederate statues violates Constitution
by Zachery Lashway


(JACKSONVILLE, Florida) — More than a year after a confederate statue was removed from the now James Weldon Johnson Park, a Jacksonville man has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida Governor ron desantis over other statues that are still standing.

Earl Johnson, founder of, filed the suit.

The nonprofit says its goal is to remove every confederate monument, memorial and tribute from public land in the country.

In the nine-page lawsuit filed Thursday morning, Johnson draws attention to what he calls inaction after Curry called for the removal of confederate statues in the city.

The suit reads in part:

“Since the proclamation, however, the Mayor has failed and refused to remove confederate tributes from public land and the imposing Florida confederate Soldiers Memorial pedestal remains at the town center square, along with the other confederate homages throughout the City. Likewise, the Governor has clearly expressed support for maintaining public funding for tributes to the confederacy.”


The suit argues that spending taxpayer money on the monuments violates the 13th and 14th Amendments.

It states:

“Defendants’ enactment of general budgetary allocations inuring to the presence, maintenance, preservation and protection of monuments or tributes to the confederacy located on public land, through public funding under color of law, amounts to an intentional governmental endorsement of white supremacy and the ideology that Black Americans are inferior and subhuman, violating Plaintiff’s 13th and 14th Amendment protections.”

In Springfield Park -- formerly known as confederate Park -- lies one of the statues, covered in tarp and rope.

Underneath it is Florida’s tribute to the women of the confederacy.

In Old City Cemetery still stands a confederate gazebo.

“I am a Black person. I am a person of direct descendent of Africans held in bondage, enslaved in confederate states,” Johnson said.

“I also pay local and state taxes to the extent my tax dollars are going to the benefit of these confederate monuments on public land. Not only is it a slap in the face, but it is a perpetuation of government endorsement of white supremacy, and I am asking the court to put an end to it, finally.”

When asked what his message was to the mayor or governor, Johnson responded:

“I would ask the mayor and the governor to join our lawsuit, to join our side, to get on the right side of history.”

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Post by: Battle on July 22, 2021, 07:07:05 pm
Thursday, 22nd July  Twenty One
Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust Will Now Come Down

by Natalie Allison


The bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a controversial fixture in the Tennessee state Capitol since the late 1970s, is coming down.

The State Building Commission on Thursday gave approval for the relocation of the Forrest bust to the Tennessee State Museum, a final step in a process that has taken more than a year since Governor Bill Lee first said it was time for the statue to be moved.

"It's been a year long journey, and this is an appropriate step in that process," Lee said prior to the Building Commission meeting Thursday morning.

"It's most important to me that we followed the process. We talked about that from the very beginning."

Members of the legislative Black Caucus gathered outside the hearing room, and then by the bust, after the vote to celebrate.

Crews began preparations for removal shortly after the meeting, though the bust is expected to be removed from the building on Friday.

Following a gradual shift in position on the issue since he ran for governor in 2018, Lee called for the relocation of the bust from the Capitol last July, saying he understood that Forrest's legacy represents pain for African Americans.

Prior to serving as a confederate general, Forrest was a slave trader and went on to become an early leader of the domestic terrorist group known as kkk.

The statue was not an early furnishing in the Tennessee Capitol, which was constructed just prior to the Civil War, but rather was installed in 1978.

In addition to Forrest, the state will also relocate the busts of U.S. Admirals David Farragut and Albert Gleaves to form a military exhibit at the state museum.

The measure was approved last summer by the State Capitol Commission, and then overwhelmingly in March by the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The governor made a rare appearance at a Thursday morning meeting of the Building Commission, of which he officially serves as chairman but does not usually attend.

The commission makes decisions about property owned by the state.

The House and Senate speakers were the only ones to oppose removal in the 5-2 vote.

Forrest toward the end of his life reportedly sought to change his ways.

Senator Brenda Gilmore, a Democrat from Nashville, said McNally on Tuesday met with Black members of the Senate ahead of the meeting, a discussion she called "positive" but noted her disappointment with McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton voting against the measure.

"Certainly Nathan Bedford Forrest does not represent the values of Tennessee," Gilmore said.

"I'm pleased that those people on the commission had enough courage to respect the voice of the Tennesseans."

Justin Jones, an activist in Nashville who has led protests against the bust since 2015, also attended the meeting.

"The key word that keeps coming up into mind is the word finally,” Jones said after the vote.

"Finally the commission has taken a step forward, finally they have acknowledged that this statue is wrong, and what it represents does not represent the state of Tennessee.”

He said the legislature "will be working on revising current law to include a more significant voice of those elected," presumably meaning the General Assembly will seek to take away the governor's authority to influence similar decisions on statue removal.

While republican members of the legislature have raised issues with some other facets of Lee's agenda over the last two and a half years, the vast majority remained quiet on the issue after the governor last summer called for the bust's removal.

Former Governor Bill Haslam unsuccessfully sought to have the bust removed, and the Capitol Commission in 2017 rejected the proposal.

Multiple members of the commission who voted against removal that year, including Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Treasurer David Lillard, changed their position when Lee brought the issue back for a vote in summer 2020.

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Post by: Battle on September 07, 2021, 11:48:40 am
Tuesday, 7th September  Twenty One
Virginia set to remove Richmond's largest confederate monument
by N'dea Yancey-Bragg, Kristi K. Higgins & Bill Atkinson


(RICHMOND, Virginia) – A 131-year-old robert e. lee memorial statue, which served as both a symbol of confederate heritage and the unofficial ground zero of racial equity demonstrations in Virginia's capital last summer, will be taken down Wednesday after the state Supreme Court cleared the path for its removal.♞

Tuesday evening, crews from the state Department of General Services will install protective fencing around the traffic circle where the statue is located, and the city of Richmond will enforce no-parking zones along Monument Avenue.♞

Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, crews will remove the plaques from the 40-foot pedestal and lift the 12-ton, 21-foot statue of Lee on a horse from atop the pedestal. ♞

The statue will be kept in a state-run storage facility until a decision on its disposition is made.

Governor Ralph Northam's administration said it would seek public input on the statue’s future.

The pedestal, tagged with graffiti from the 2020 protests, will remain in the traffic circle for now, DGS spokesperson Dena Potter said.

Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are working on a project to reimagine Monument Avenue, so the pedestal will stay at least until that plan is developed.

“We are taking an important step this week to embrace the righteous cause and put the 'Lost Cause' behind us,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement. ♞

“Richmond is no longer the capital of the confederacy. We are  a diverse, open, and welcoming city, and our symbols need to reflect this reality.” ♞

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Post by: Battle on September 07, 2021, 05:28:43 pm
Tuesday, 7th September   Two Thousand & Twenty One
---but wait, there's plenty more confederate garbage to take out!
by N'dea Yancey-Bragg


More than 90 confederate monuments were taken down or moved from public spaces in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, according to new data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. (

The latest data documents nearly 800 confederate monuments that were in the U.S. at the beginning of that year, a number that dwindled to about 700 by the end of it. (

In August, the Montgomery, Alabama-based law center found 38 monuments had been removed in the nearly three months since May 25th when Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a trashy white cop in Minneapolis who knelt on Floyd's neck as he repeatedly said he could not breathe.

That number alone was notable, since it had previously taken years for the database to log a similar number of statue removals.

An update to the "Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the confederacy" report released Tuesday found another 56 monuments were removed. (

“As witnessed on January 6 when an insurrectionist brazenly carried a confederate flag through the halls of the U.S. Capitol, confederate symbols are a form of systemic racism used to intimidate, instill fear, and remind Black people that they have no place in American society," SPLC chief of staff Lecia Brooks said in a statement. (

“The SPLC firmly believes that all symbols of white supremacy should be removed from public spaces and will continue to support community efforts to remove, rename and relocate them.”

Statues of prominent figures in the confederacy are a common sight in the South, and Virginia is home to the most confederate symbols.

The report comes the same day Virginia lawmakers approved a bill to remove a statue of segregationist Harry F. Byrd Sr., who served as Virginia’s governor and a U.S. senator, from the state capitol grounds.

Byrd, a Democrat, ran the state’s most powerful political machine for decades until his death in 1966 and was considered the architect of the state’s racist “massive resistance” policy to public school integration.

Statues of prominent figures in the confederacy are a common sight in the South, and Virginia is home to the most confederate symbols.

The report comes the same day Virginia lawmakers approved a bill to remove a statue of segregationist Harry F. Byrd Sr., who served as Virginia’s governor and a U.S. senator, from the state capitol grounds.

Byrd, a Democrat, ran the state’s most powerful political machine for decades until his death in 1966 and was considered the architect of the state’s racist “massive resistance” policy to public school integration.

Like other symbols of the confederacy, such memorials have been defended for generations as pieces of Southern heritage, or simply uncontroversial artifacts of history.

But for many people, they are ever-present reminders of racial discrimination and violent oppression that has never gone away.

Nearly 2,100 remain: statues, symbols, placards, buildings and public parks dedicated to the confederacy, although 168 of those symbols were removed in 2020, according to the SPLC.

Just one of those symbols was removed before Floyd's death.

Activists have long called for confederate flags and symbols to be taken down, but the accelerated removal of statues was fueled by widespread protests against systemic racism and police brutality following Floyd's death, with more people linking confederate monuments with white supremacy, according to Erin L. Thompson, a professor of art crime at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Thompson said the movement experienced a similar spike in June 2015 when a worthless white supremacist shot and killed nine Black parishioners during a Bible study meeting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Interest in removing these statues also spiked in 2017 following the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which opposed the proposed removal of a statue of robert e. lee, Thompson said.

"Most of the time it seems like nobody cares about them, so it takes these real moments of reckoning, of change," she said.

Some experts say it may be more difficult to remove the more than 700 statues that are left as widespread racial justice protests wane and lawmakers enact legislation to protect the remaining statues. (

Amid the protests, it may have been easier for authorities to remove controversial statues because they presented an immediate public safety issue, Thompson said.

Thompson, who is writing a book on controversies over American monuments, said attention to confederate monuments may be  decreasing in the face of other crises and political pushback from state legislatures.

Lawmakers in states including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee have enacted policies to protect them.

Thompson added that a number of private lawsuits against municipal governments have also prevented communities from removing the monuments.

"In a number of states, it's just impossible to have a community referendum or even for communities to make their own decisions on this," she said.

"State legislature are trying to make it impossible to take down the monuments really in any other way then violently during the protest."

Thompson said statues often become a flashpoint amid historical protests, like the French Revolution and the fall of the Soviet Union, because they are much easier targets than the regime itself.

She said it's not surprising that statues arguing that elite white men should hold the power in America became a rallying point amid the racial justice protests.

"I think this is a real moment of change for art in America," she said.

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Post by: Battle on September 09, 2021, 01:21:02 am
Thursday 9th Spetember  Two Thousand & Twenty One
Alabama Lawmakers Aim to Cut Racist Rhetoric From State Constitution
by ShaCamree Gowdy

Alabama lawmakers want to remove racist language from the state’s 120-year-old Constitution, per Mike Cason. 

The current legislation, signed in 1901, has clauses that prohibit Black and white students from attending the same schools and imposes poll taxes, among other racial provisions. 

Established in November 2020 to lead efforts, the Committee on the Recompilation of the Constitution is now hard at work to figure out the best method to get rid of any residual Jim Crow legislation.  (

The recompilation committee is calling on the director of the Legislative Services Agency to create a rewritten constitution that removes all racist rhetoric, along with clauses that are redundant or have been abolished, per Cason.

It also asks that provisions for economic development be rolled into one package and all local amendments be organized according to the county in which they were filed.

“It sends a message out about who we are,” said committee chairwoman Representative Merika Coleman.

“It is important for us to let folks know we are a 21st century Alabama, that we’re not the same Alabama of 1901 that didn’t want Black and white folks to get married, that didn’t think that Black and white children should go to school together.”

If approved, the adjustments will be submitted to a public vote in 2022.

The committee will reconvene on October 13th to vote on whether to repeal the constitution’s authorization of involuntary servitude as a criminal punishment, a provision that resulted in generations of Black men being convicted of minor offenses in the 20th century and forced into hard labor, per the Associated Press.

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Post by: Battle on September 09, 2021, 07:25:27 am
Thursday, 9th September  Twenty One
Garbage Statue Comes Down!


(RICHMOND, Virginia) — A statue of Gen. robert e. lee that towered over Richmond for generations was taken down, cut into pieces and hauled away Wednesday, as the former capital of the confederacy erased the last of the Civil War figures that once defined its most prominent thoroughfare. (

Hundreds of onlookers erupted in cheers and song as the 21-foot-tall bronze figure was lifted off a pedestal and lowered to the ground.

The removal marked a major victory for civil rights activists, whose previous calls to dismantle the statues had been steadfastly rebuked by city and state officials alike.  (

“It’s very difficult to imagine, certainly, even two years ago that the statues on Monument Avenue would actually be removed,” said Ana Edwards, a community activist and founding member of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom Justice & Equality.

“It’s representative of the fact that we’re sort of peeling back the layers of injustice that Black people and people of color have experienced when governed by white supremacist policies for so long.”

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam ordered the statue’s removal last summer amid the nationwide protest movement that erupted after the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

But litigation tied up his plans until the state Supreme Court cleared the way last week.

Northam, who watched the work, called it “hopefully a new day, a new era in Virginia.”

“Any remnant like this that glorifies the lost cause of the Civil War, it needs to come down,” he said.

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Post by: Battle on September 12, 2021, 10:49:45 am
Sunday, 12th  September Two Thousand & Twenty One
Lawsuit Filed Over Century-Old Confederate Statue in the Majority-Black City of Tuskegee, Alabama
by  J.L. Cook


A recently-filed lawsuit could result in the removal of a confederate statue that has taken up space in the mostly-Black city of Tuskegee, Alabama for over 100 years.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit filed on behalf of the Macon County Commission and three Black residents argues that the land where the statue currently stands was illegally given to the united daughters of the confederacy by county officials in 1906.

As per the AP, records show that the land was privided to the confederate group to use as a park for white people.

This impending legal battle comes during a time when various monuments erected in honor of confederate figures have either been removed or have been the center of legal battles to have them removed–like the saga behind those rusty and dusty robert e. lee statues in Richmond and Charlottesville, Va.

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The statue has been the subject of periodic demonstrations for decades in Tuskegee, which is almost all Black and the home of Tuskegee University.

The nation’s first Black military pilots trained in the city during World War II.

Protesters tried and failed to pull down the monument in the 1960s, and it has been the target of vandals and community opposition for years.

In July, City Council member Johnny Ford and another man used an electric saw to cut into the statue, but the damage was later repaired by a crew hired by the united daughters of the confederacy.

WSFA-TV reports that both the Tuskegee chapter and Alabama division of the united daughters of the confederacy are defendants in the suit.

Fred Gray, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said they have been working to find out who the members of the Tuskegee chapter of the group are.

So far, only one member has been located, according to the NBC affiliate.

It would probably be more satisfying to either see that thing torn down, dumped into the ocean or even shot into outer space, but WSFA reports that the county is willing to return the statue to the group if they step forward.


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I love how the UDC is trying to defend the statue while also staying anonymous. Where’s your “Southern pride,” ladies? I thought you’d be bragging about this sh*t on Facebook.  It’s almost like you know your position is trash and you’re trying to evade the consequences that come with having it.

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Post by: Battle on November 29, 2021, 04:01:19 pm
Monday, 29th November  Two Thousand & Twenty One
New Jersey District Will Rename Woodrow Wilson High School, Citing The Former President’s ‘Racist Values’
by Kendall Tietz

A New Jersey school district has started the renaming process of Woodrow Wilson High School, reported.

The change was first announced in June 2020 by the Camden City School District (CCSD), reported.

A group of over 100 members, including parents, activists and school administrators, formed the renaming committee.

Support for the renaming of the school was propelled by the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, but residents expressed discontent for the school’s name before then, reported.

A 2019 petition on called on the school to remove former President Woodrow Wilson’s name from the high school’s title and referred to the former president as a “white Supremacist” whose name serves “as a continuous reminder of a true systemic oppression that has not only been foreseen by US as parents but also Now through the eyes of Our Children today.”

The petition cites as racist Wilson’s move, while president of Princeton University, to prevent black students from enrolling in addition to efforts to re-segregate the federal civil service.

Wilson was the governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913 and U.S. president from 1913 to 1921.

CCSD Superintendent Katrina McCombs thanked the Camden community last June when the decision to change the high school’s name was announced, reported.

Plans to rename the school were put on hold ahead of the 2021-2022 school year, but a new, 10-person committee will now lead the charge.

Princeton University removed Wilson’s name from its School of Public and International Affairs in June 2020 over his “racist thinking and policies,” according to the university’s board of trustees.

Woodrow Wilson High School did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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Post by: Battle on December 27, 2021, 07:09:24 pm
Monday, 27th December  ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Pennsylvania Commission Reviewing Road Markers for Racist & Sexist Text
by Lora Korpa


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is reviewing the state's 2,500 historical markers for potentially sexist and racist language, and already has removed or edited a few.

The commission's Marker Review Panel is putting an emphasis on how the markers portray African Americans and Native Americans, identifying 131 markers that may require changes.

So far, it has removed two, changed the text on two and ordered new text for another two.

For example, a Philadelphia marker showing Continental Army Maj. Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne's birthplace refers to him as an "Indian fighter," so the commission ordered changes to the text.

Another marker that was removed in Pittsburgh refers to British Gen. John Forbes' 1758 military victory as one that "established Anglo-Saxon supremacy in the United States."

The commission will also provide financial assistance to underrepresented regions as well as to any markers telling stories of female, Black, Asian American, LGBTQ, Hispanic or Latino people.

Diane Turner, curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Philadelphia's Temple University, told the Associated Press the edits to the markers can help battle systemic racism.

"By being able to tell everybody's story, it's good for the society as a whole," Turner said. "It's not to take away from anybody else. Let's have these stories, because the more truth we have, the better it is."

Across the country, historical markers have in some places become another front in the national reckoning over slavery, segregation and racial violence that has also brought down Civil War statues and changed or reconsidered the names of institutions, roads and geographical features.

The idea that "who is honored, what is remembered, what is memorialized tells a story about a society that can't be reflected in other ways" is behind an effort by the Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative that has installed dozens of markers, mostly in the South, to remember racial terror lynchings [murders].

At the request of Bryn Mawr College's president, Kimberly Wright Cassidy, the Pennsylvania history agency removed a marker from the edge of campus that noted President Woodrow Wilson had briefly taught there.

Cassidy's letter to the commission cited Wilson's dismissive comments about the intellectual capabilities of women and his racist policy of federal workforce segregation.

The commission also is developing a replacement to a marker that has been removed from the grounds of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, on the site of a 19th-century prison, that noted confederate cavalry were held there after their capture in Ohio during the Civil War.

The commission also revised markers in central Pennsylvania's Fulton County related to the movement of confederate Army troops after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and related to an 1864 confederate cavalry raid on Chambersburg that left much of the town a smoldering ruin.

One marker had previously described the last confederates to camp on Pennsylvania soil — the state has since added language about their defeat by Union troops.

The other marker, about two confederates killed in a skirmish, was revised with detail about their raid and how Union soldiers from New York killed them and took 32 prisoners.

"My fear is that the commission is becoming less of a true historical arbiter and more of a miniaturized version of George Orwell's Ministry of Truth that has government officers alter history to fit the convenient narrative of those in charge," state Representative Parke Wentling wrote.

In a report to the commission, a contractor recounted that an elected Fulton County commissioner harassed his team when they removed the old markers last year.

Disputes about how historical markers should be worded — or whether they should exist at all — have divided communities in other states in recent years, including in Memphis, Tennessee; Sherman, Texas; and Colfax, Louisiana.

About a year ago it identified 131 existing markers that may require changes, including a subgroup of 18 that required immediate attention.

"The language could be sexist, it could be racist, it could be all those different things," said Jacqueline Wiggins, a retired educator from Philadelphia on the state historical commission's Marker Review Panel.

"There's work to be done."

New markers getting approved are increasingly telling the stories of previously underrepresented people and groups.

Last year, the agency subsidized markers on petroglyphs in Clarion County, a camp where Muhammed Ali trained in Schuylkill County and the site of a boycott that stopped a school segregation effort in Chester County.

New markers approved in March include the first substantial workforce of Chinese immigrants in the state at a cutlery factory, the cofounder of one of the country's first Black fraternities, and three Ephrata women who are among the nation's first documented female composers.

Native American-related markers generally frame the Indigenous people in terms of the Europeans who displaced them, such as a Juniana County marker about "a stockade built about 1755 to protect settlers from Indian marauder."

"There is a lot of tap-dancing over who initiated which battle or skirmish," said historian Ira Beckerman, who recently produced a study focused on Pennsylvania markers that relate to Black and Native American history.

"If the settlers started it, it was a battle and therefore worthy. If the Native Americans responded in kind, it was a massacre, savagery, etc."

Beckerman concluded that as a whole, the state's 348 Native American historical markers "tell a pretty accurate and compelling story of racism and white nationalism."

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