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Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« Reply #105 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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Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« Reply #106 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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Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« Reply #107 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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Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« Reply #108 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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Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« Reply #109 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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Re: Virginia (Race) Riot
« Reply #110 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."