The president made this statement Tuesday while jabbing at reporters over a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalists protested the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Are these monuments symbols of heritage or hatred?
"Mr. President, like most I seek to move out nation, my state, and our party forward - toward the light - not back to the darkness", Graham's tweets read. Should they be dismantled or destroyed? I notice that Stonewall Jackson's coming down. The destination of the statues has not been determined.
The monuments, Landrieu said "are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history".
Words engraved on the Jefferson Davis monument, for example, praise his devotion to "freedom" and "rights" - pure propaganda written at a time (1890 to 1929) when Southern whites were crafting revisionist mythology to portray their fathers and grandfathers as noble defenders of their state and way of life, claiming the war had nothing to do with slavery.
That's the simple reason why many Americans are lobbying to take down statues of Lee, but not Washington monuments. Many of these seemingly sudden removals have in fact been planned or discussed for years and were only hastened by the Charlottesville riot. But Trump has also tried to stand up for something else: the statues that the white supremacists ostensibly came to defend. The office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu received death threats ahead of the removals, and a removal contractor's auto was firebombed in 2016. Now, cities are also responding to the national conversation by moving quickly to take down statues. Pat McCrory signed. Only the legislature has the power to repeal this law and return the power for cities to decide if they want these monuments removed. Often pulled down by angry mobs, some of the statues ended up in dumpsters and others in museums to teach people the evils of totalitarian regimes. The removal of Confederate statues is the backdoor to this nonsense. We fought our bloodiest war to end it. "These monuments should come down". "And our history must tell the full story, including the subjugation of humans created in God's image to provide the back-breaking labour that drove the South's agrarian economy". In this case, I wanted to know what Russ, an African-American, thought about the Confederacy-era symbols that helped to fuel what we saw in Charlottesville.
"It's often forgotten that Lee himself, after the Civil War, opposed monuments, specifically Confederate war monuments", Jonathan Horn, author of a Lee biography titled The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, told PBS. "American history is not all glorious", Rye said in a heated segment on Thursday. The statues were meant to be an intimidating presence and convey to people of colour that there was a limit to their newly won freedoms and rights. "You're changing history. You're changing culture".
By contrast, Lee and Jackson were military figures - not statesmen - in a cause defined by its political leadership as a reaction against equality and liberty. That's a far less controversial stance - new polls show many Americans share his views on the statues, or are at least unsure how they feel about them. "This is about men who organized a system of government to maintain a system of slavery and to destroy the American union".
Cities are speeding up their removal since Saturday's rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a suspected white supremacist crashed a auto into a crowd, killing one woman, during protests against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War. "He's doomed these statues to the junk heap", Holzer says.