After a four year fight, Charlottesville removes statutes of Lee and Jackson

The effort to whitewash America’s history continued on Saturday.

Fox News reports that the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, went ahead and removed statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. 

Background

We, of course, have seen the push to remove America’s historical statues over the past year. But, the left has been trying to have these Charlottesville statues taken down since at least 2016.

It started in March of 2016 with a petition that was sent to the city council to have the statues taken down. There was also a similar recommendation from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces.”

In February of 2017, the city council did vote to remove the statues. Then, a lawsuit ensued looking to prevent this from happening. The reader may also remember that, in 2017, a “Unite the Right” rally took place at the site of the statues, and that rally ended in tragedy.

As the lawsuit was ongoing, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law giving localities the authority to decide what to do with war memorials, such as the Lee and Jackson statues. Following that, in 2021, a decision came down from the Virginia Supreme Court allowing Charlottesville to remove the statues.

They’re gone

The removal of the Lee and Jackson statutes took place on Saturday. The city erected viewing areas that allowed bystanders to watch the removal process. All was said and done by 9 am – the statues were removed, although their bases were left for the time being.

Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker spoke at the event. He said, “today the statues come down … and we’re one small step closer to a more perfect union.”

The statutes, for now, will be held by Charlottesville. But, the city is looking to get them off of its hands. Accordingly, it has “solicited for expressions of interest from any museum, historical society, government or military battlefield interested in acquiring the statues, or either of them, for relocation and placement.”

So far, the city is reported to have received six out-of-state and four in-state responses. But, it is still accepting more.

What now?

The political left, of course, will look at this as a victory. They argue that the systemic racism that they perceive here in America cannot be properly addressed when such statues as those of Lee and Jackson are still standing.

Many, however, would disagree. Their argument is that such statues remind us of our history, whether it is good or bad, and that without such reminders we are doomed to repeat what happened before.

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