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In an article on Medium, Cooper wrote, “Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. But history is not on their side. We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down.” The governor’s call to remove Confederate monuments comes a day after protesters in Durham pulled down a Confederate statue in front of the Old Courthouse. On Tuesday, one of the protesters was arrested and charged.
ASHEBORO, N.C.-- In front of Randolph County’s Historic 1909 Courthouse stands a bronze Confederate soldier that has been there since 1911. Last week, Dr. Wesley Fennell, the former NAACP President for Randolph County, asked that it be removed and replaced with one that honors Quakers. Fennell says that keeping the statue is “just not right,” and makes the community a less welcoming place for diversity, due to the values of the Confederacy. It seems the conversation was over before it started. That's because a law signed in 2015 by Governor Pat McCrory prevents the removal of such monuments and statues in North Carolina. READ: Senate Bill 22 or the Historic Artifact Managment and Patriotism Act was signed on July 23, 2015. Protesters have called for the removal of statues in Virginia which precipitated the marches in Charlottesville on Saturday that ended violently. One person was killed and dozens were injured. The event started as a protest from White nationalist who were there to protest possible removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. The groups were met by hundreds of counter protesters and things quickly escalated.
originally posted by: network dude
a reply to: alldaylong
I hope this sickness doesn't spread over the pond. It's something that would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: network dude
I feel like I'm living in Fahrenheit 451.
The really frustrating all of this is that before this all started, I could have cared less about the confederacy. I always associated the flag with racism. The statues I just saw and acknowledged but never gave them any thought.
I didn't really care. Yeah, I knew enough about history, had read books on the subject. The civil war happened. The good guys won. Move on.
Now with this growing trend of eliminating every aspect of anything that some asshole find offensive, I find myself defending something I never really liked.
And while I don't like it, I know that it is important that we keep it, I understand the historical impact.
In an article on Medium, Cooper wrote, “Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. But history is not on their side. We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery