Brinkman has researched the Civil War in SC; he has even corrected archives and traced the path of historic buildings on the State House grounds, so he's familiar with several statues surrounding the capitol.
But, today, Democrat lawmakers are accusing President Trump of being proponent of white supremacy, even though he has repeatedly condemned the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"So this week it's Robert E. Lee, I notice Stonewall Jackson is coming down".
When 92-year-old Dr. Fergie Reid was a young man growing up in Richmond, he resented the massive statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue.
He also likened the removal of Confederate statues to taking down monuments honoring victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Stuart and Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
"While we had hoped to use this process to educate Virginians about the history behind these monuments, the events of the last week may have fundamentally changed our ability to do so by revealing their power to serve as a rallying point for division and intolerance and violence", Stoney said Wednesday.
Many people who do not identify as white supremacists support keeping the monuments as a connection to their history and heritage. The letter was written to the State Preservation Board Executive Director and was copied to Governor Greg Abbott as well.
Trump's tweets came the morning after his personal lawyer forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that painted Lee in glowing terms and echoed secessionist sentiment from the Civil War era. An Ohio man with white supremacist ties is accused of driving his vehicle into a crowd, killing one woman and injuring 19 people.
Trump said many of those who opposed the statue's removal were good people protesting the loss of their culture, and he questioned whether taking down statues of Lee could lead to monuments of George Washington also being removed.
"These monuments should be part of our dark past and not of our bright future", Stoney said on Twitter. Let's do it the right way and by the law, if it is necessary.
University of ME poly-sci professor, Mark Brewer. Brundage said it would be expensive to add explanatory plaques next to the Confederate monuments, and that may not be a prominent enough display of the reinterpretation.
Those arguing for the removal of the statues are seeking to remove these symbols of oppression.
"You're not erasing history", Brundage said.
"A slave whipping post isn't something we want up, just out in public without interpretation", said W. Fitzhugh Brundage, American History professor at the University of North Carolina. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in 2018, defended Trump on Thursday.
Does that give us the right to take it upon ourselves to tear it down?
The Children of the Confederacy say they are honoring the soldiers who fought and "pledge to preserve the pure ideals.to teach and study the truths of history", saying the war between the states was not a rebellion or "cause to sustain slavery".