The removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville polarized Americans on Saturday, as the United States continues to take down monuments that are now deemed too controversial.
In 2017, the proposed removal of the statue led to the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, during which a protester against the event was killed during a car attack.
Now, nearly four years after the rally, Charlottesville, Virginia has taken down the statue, with Mayor Nikuyah Walker calling it “one small step closer” to making the US “grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gain.”
Confederate Statue Of Robert E. Lee Gets Canceled In Charlottesville
charlottesville’s robert e lee statue has been lifted from the plinth pic.twitter.com/3pou4f86dv
— molly conger (@socialistdogmom) July 10, 2021
The removal was praised by some leftists, who called it “a great change” and called for the statue to be put in a museum or melted “into copper piping for a toilet.”
We are witnessing a great change in the US.
— Yasser. Q /CMA & aspire CPA? (@Qyasser82) July 10, 2021
Of course, that wasn’t good enough for the wok left as they called for the Confederate flag to be banned next.
Next step: BAN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG!
— Oeishik? (@NoOneUnscripted) July 10, 2021
However, the vast majority accused the city of Charlottesville of erasing US history, while also wasting taxpayer’s money, and virtue signaling.
As a Dem, what will this really accomplish? I'm sick of the lame stuff being taken down at the expense of actual policies Dems are advocating for: George Floyd Policing Act, HR-1, Voting Rights For the People ACt https://t.co/znRkWKAB8A
— Miyanaire ??☮?#PEACE #LOVE WEAR THE MASK! ? (@MiyaCarderas) July 10, 2021
"Doing this helped to spark a violent white supremacist rally so we've decided to do it again" https://t.co/r9GMptBw7Z
— President Garu Chungus ? ?? ?? (@garuweebwebb) July 10, 2021
Who pays for this process? IMHO these things should be auctioned off, with their removal and renovation of the area paid by the winner. The winner then gets to put the statue on their own property in an area not visible from the street. The rest of the money is donated to charity
— Podcast Music Factory (@Webpuppy45) July 10, 2021
“No. No more monuments taken down. No more history removed. Ever,” protested conservative commentator Jesse Kelly. “Stop negotiating with terrorists who use your values against you. That’s how we lose.”
No. No more monuments taken down. No more history removed. Ever.
Stop negotiating with terrorists who use your values against you. That’s how we lose. https://t.co/Aqs6pF7FYO
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) July 10, 2021
168 Confederate statues, monuments, and symbols were removed in 2020 alone, with even more being taken down this year.