Most Americans Don't Want Confederate Statues Torn Down

The coded alt-right signal Donald Trump uses to defend white nationalists in Charlottesville

"In a country where we went to war and regrettably dropped two atomic bombs on Japan to attempt to end this ideology, it is clear now that even a nuclear option does not work", the group said.

The president's whataboutism on history is the focus here.

Robert E. Lee V, an athletic director at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, the great-great grandson of the Confederate general, said the family hates to see the statues be a source of division.

I don't doubt there are those who view the ownership of slaves warrants removal from the pantheon of history. 'Cause he was a major slave owner.

Not necessarily, because they are not all the same. Let's be honest about their flaws. If we should not remove monuments to perpetrators of evil for fear that it might lead to the removal of monuments to more worthy honorees, that implies that eastern European nations were wrong to remove monuments to communist mass murderers like Lenin and Stalin, and Germany and Italy were wrong to remove monuments to Nazi and Fascist leaders.

So "whatabout" Lee? What did he stand for? "I created this country, he tried to tear it apart".

Then and later, Confederate apologists dismissed the idea that they were fighting to defend slavery.

"They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history", said Landrieu. The election of Abraham Lincoln as president and congressional moves to stop the spread of the institution brought a crisis that would be solved by guns and bayonets. By contrast, the vast majority of monuments to Confederate leaders were erected to honor their service to the Confederacy, whose main reason for existing was to protect and extend slavery... In an 1861 speech, he declared that the "cornerstone" of the Confederacy was "that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition".

Ulysses Grant acknowledged that Lee had fought "long and valiantly", but in the same breath noted that he "had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse".

Lee did add there was one place that should be protected to remember those who fought and died for the Confederates: their gravestones. Meanwhile, 27 percent of those surveyed said the statues should be removed "because they are offensive to some people". There are more than 10 Confederate monuments or statues around the Capitol building. Sen. He is a significant figure in the American story.

He concedes, however, that if "my ancestors had fought for the Confederacy, it's possible I would feel a little differently".

But let's be honest.

You're changing history, you're changing culture and you have people - and I'm not talking about the neo-nazi's and white nationalists - because they should be condemned totally, but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists and the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.

The groups - including neo-Nazis and the KKK - got into violent clashes with those opposed to them, leading to the death of one woman who was mowed down by a vehicle during the counter-protests. A torchlight march on Friday was followed by a protest gathering on Saturday that rapidly devolved into violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters.

So getting back to Geraldo Rivera's question, the answer is yes, Christopher Columbus statues should come down next. The 13th and 14th Amendments were passed by a Republican Congress.

Lee and Washington in the same class?

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