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Stonewall Jackson comes down in Richmond

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/01/20, 07:31 pm

Richmond, Va., Mayor Levar Stoney used his emergency powers on Wednesday to begin removing all Confederate monuments on city property. The mayor’s order, which bypassed a planned city council vote, occurred on the same day a Virginia law took effect giving local governments control of monuments and outlining a process that would take at least 60 days. “Failing to remove the statues now poses a severe, immediate and growing threat to public safety,” Stoney said. Within hours of the mayor’s announcement, work crews dismantled a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on the city’s Monument Avenue. The mayor said crews would remove nearly a dozen additional monuments in the coming days.

Are statues coming down elsewhere? Indianapolis; Birmingham, Ala.; Louisville, Ky.; and Norfolk, Va., have removed Confederate monuments in the past month, while other cities plan to follow suit. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted that the two “anarchists” caught on tape throwing paint on statues of George Washington in New York City’s Washington Square Park should turn themselves in.

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Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 09:45 am

    This is an attempt to erase our heritage as it quickly spreads from Confederate Generals to Abraham Lincoln and Washington. The cowards in America are unwilling to call this out for what it is - the vilification of western civilization. Sadly, many in the church are going along with this repudiation of our heritage. At what point will this madness stop, or will it? The goal of these agitators is to remake America into a communist state and they will gladly use anarchy and vigilantism to see this transformation. 
     

    If we are consistent, we should tear down the statues of Obama, Clinton and those who support abortion, for this killing is far worse than slavery ever was! The shear number of those little souls killed in the womb testify to this. At least a slave could enjoy some aspects of life, but not so an aborted baby. Consider that only 388000 black slaves were brought to America and compare that with the number of babies aborted. There were 44 million babies aborted in the USA, where 19 million were black babies. It is time we tear down the statues of those people who have supported the slaughter of babies - if we are morally consistent. 

     

  • BF
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 10:30 am

    Well said Cyborg3. This is no small matter. Tearing down statues and erasing history often proceeds regime change. We should be looking to our backs.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 01:44 am

    Thank you for your kind reply. Unfortunately, I accidentally reported you, which there is no way to reverse! 

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 11:39 am

    While I wholeheartedly support the removal of statues of Confederate generals and politicians, I understand the concern about removing statues of former presidents of the US.  I get why people are upset about Andrew Jackson, but I also think we really need to think about where we should draw the line when it comes to removing statues.  There is no doubt that we will find significant fault with every single public figure we have ever had.  

    The Confederacy is actually part of MY heritage; in fact, I've read memoirs from family members who were alive during and after the Civil War. I always heard tales of how "honorable" the Confederates were compared to the Union soldiers, a tactic which is now referred to as the "Lost Cause" narrative and which I now realize was an attempt to justify and obscure the fact that the Confederacy was a group of states that rebelled against the US and fought against its flag to defend slavery.  I do not wish to ERASE this part of history, but I don't think it should be celebrated either. That's why I support removal of CONFEDERATE statues and relegating the Confederate flag to museums and historical exhibits. 

    However, Andrew Jackson was NOT a Confederate general; he was a US president.  I think we should acknowledge his faults so that we are not doomed to repeat them, but I think he can still be acknowledged as a former president of this country.  If we start removing statues of ALL figures we see as having faults, we will have no statues, monuments, or art at all.  That would make us like the Taliban or ISIS. 

    Removing statues is a very dramatic statement, and I think it is appropriate in some cases; but I wonder if some of this energy that is going into tearing down everything that upsets us could be used to teach people how to treat each other with respect, to develop systems that are more equitable, to help us solve the significant problems we have in this nation.  It's much easier to tear something down than to take the time to teach people so that they can change behaviors and attitudes.

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 11:46 am

    Sorry, my mistake. "Stonewall Jackson" was a Confederate general, so I support the removal of his statue.  I was confusing him with Andrew Jackson, former president.  History was never one of my strong suits, and I must have looked up the wrong person! 

    However, there is still a debate about statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  

  • RC
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 03:47 pm

    Yes. knowing history is very important . If we don't remember it, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 03:55 pm

    The ironic thing is that Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson is in heaven and many of those tearing down his statues will wind up in hell.

    “Why should the peace of a true Christian be disturbed by anything which man can do unto him? Has not God promised to make all things work together for good to those who love him?”
    ― Stonewall Jackson

    "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  Mat 7:13-14 KJV

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