“The Beauty ... Will Be Greatly Missed”
Oops, he did it again.
Like the one of Robert E. Lee that white supremacists and neo-Nazis used as their rallying point for the terror in Charlottesville.
But even Robert E. Lee didn’t think these statues were a good idea. Back in the day, he wrote: "I think it wiser, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered."
In this week's chilling VICE News documentary, local Charlottesville activist Tanesha Hudson paints a clear picture of the impact:
"This is the face of supremacy. This is what we deal with everyday being African American. And this has always been the reality of Charlottesville. You can’t stand in one corner in this city and not look at the master sitting on top of Monticello. He looks down on us. He’s been looking down on this city for God knows how long. This is Charlottesville."
How to help end the celebration of white supremacy
Get the background on how the very point of these statues is to celebrate white supremacy and how some of them ended up in the US Capitol. Vox also has a great explainer.
Follow the #TakeThemDown hashtag on Twitter.
Urge your mayor to press for the removal of these statues. CNN has an updated list of Confederate memorials that are in the process of being removed. You can find a full list of Confederate monuments nationwide here, and contact info for your mayor here.
Sign the Color of Change petition.
Support Sen. Cory Booker's bill that would remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol. You can reach your Senator via the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121.