Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View: Look beyond Confederate monuments for Southern pride

Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View: Look beyond Confederate monuments for Southern pride

However, unlike most other cities, New Orleans wasn't prompted by last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

"Tear the racist statues down", the crowd yelled as the masked man ascended the memorial. The next morning, many looked like they were dressed for war as they made their way to Emancipation Park.

"Film the Klan, don't film us", demonstrators shouted at a CBS crew, according to the network.

"I think it is very important that people begin to realize this type of moral evolution is part of what the Constitution guarantees, and so we will be exercising our rights to say we want to be treated equally under the law", he said.

"This is not a peaceful protest", he wrote.

In June 2017, a Confederate monument was removed in a park in St Louis, Missouri, after which the park became a site of protests.

William Jackson Christian (known as Jack) and Warren Edmund Christian are great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson, the general best known for leading Confederate troops in the First Battle of Bull Run.

Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View: Look beyond Confederate monuments for Southern pride
Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View: Look beyond Confederate monuments for Southern pride

The statue is being returned to the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy which erected it in 1904, AP reported.

In his remarks about the monuments, the president may be making a calculated attempt to motivate the approval of voters, like the ones identified in the Economist/YouGov survey, who aren't sold on the idea that monuments to the Confederacy are monuments to racism.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) tweeted Wednesday, he would introduce legislation to take Confederate statues out of the U.S. Capitol building. He added that the situation in Charlottesville pushed him to announce the decision a week earlier than initially intended. The monuments taken down in Baltimore included ones for the likes of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Liberals (54 percent), Hillary Clinton voters (52 percent) and black Americans (47 percent) are the groups most likely to say that the monuments stand for white supremacy.

The previous push came following the June 2015 shooting of nine African American churchgoers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. After she climbed a ladder and tied a rope around the Confederate Soldiers Monument in front of the old Durham County Courthouse and before being arrested, she gave a powerful response. The University of Texas in Austin took down its monument to Davis in August.

Across the country, 718 Confederate monuments and statues remain, with almost 300 of them in Georgia, Virginia or North Carolina, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

Two of the candidates for Virginia governor, Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie, have released statements following the chaos in Charlottesville on their stances for removal of the monuments.

The war that pitted 11 Southern states against the rest of the Union began in April 1861 and ended in May 1865.

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