If you believe that the left will stop at Confederate statues, I've got a wonderful bridge in NY that I'd like to sell you. He would not protect the wonderful melting pot of America. It was a war of white supremacy.
But descendants of memorialized Confederate leaders advocated for the relocation or removal of their ancestors' statues, so the country "can heal".
The latest push to remove statues and the Confederate flag came after the June 2015 massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. "It was kicked off by the actions of the mayor of New Orleans".
More recently, however, they have become famous for the statues erected in their memory. She added, however, that it is natural for questions to arise about the monuments and the Confederate figures they depict.
Trump took to Twitter to lament it all.
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", President Trump wrote Thursday.
Do Germany and Japan need statues of Hitler and streets and schools named for Tojo and Yamamoto for us to know the history of World War II? It's about what we choose to remember and to forget. However, these monuments are idolizing a fallen nation with ideals we no longer believe in.
In response to the Charlottesville violence, actor George Clooney and his humanitarian lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, have donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a US non-profit that tracks extremist groups. 65% of white Americans also said the monuments should stay. But Trump, like so many others, chooses to actively forget this history in order to preserve an illusory innocence that hides our national sins. Whenever I've passed them, I don't feel like I'm seeing a reminder of history, so much as a message that some whites still miss a time when African-Americans were slaves. Most Americans don't look at a statue of Robert E. Lee and wish we were back in the days when whites subjugated blacks. If we're to take down statues of Lee, why not Washington? Their explicit hatred makes them monsters.
Following the bloody event, a wave of protests began against President Donald Trump, who has blamed both sides for the outburst of violence. "They just do it because they find that it's a great way to educate people about the war itself". Until we confront honestly all of this, we will remain on this racial hamster wheel.
"Building these really in some ways was a political and cultural move", said James Grossman, head of the American Historical Association. You can't eliminate what history is. This was also a time of violent racism in the South when black men were disenfranchised and Southern whites went on a lynching spree which resulted in 186 black people being lynched in the year 1893 alone, according to the crusading journalist Ida B. Wells.