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Jun 10, 2020. 16 comments

An 1890 Land Deed Halts Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue in Virginia

An 1890 Land Deed Halts Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue in Virginia

Over the last five years, a prolonged effort has ensued to remove Confederate statues from public spaces. These efforts have only intensified in recent weeks as protests have spread nationwide over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. But in Virginia, efforts to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee have been stifled by an agreement made 130...

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Apr 14, 2020. 5 comments

Gov. Ralph Northam Signs Bills to Potentially Remove Confederate Monuments and to Protect the LGBTQ Community

Gov. Ralph Northam Signs Bills to Potentially Remove Confederate Monuments and to Protect the LGBTQ Community

Gov. Ralph Northam really flexed his progressive muscles when he signed two measures Saturday—one empowering local governing bodies in Virginia to remove confederate monuments, and another granting comprehensive protections for the state’s LGBTQ community.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia is home to 110 Confederate monuments, making it the state with the second-most...

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Mar 12, 2020. 11 comments

'This Ain’t Nothing But Racism': Alabama Lawmaker Goes Off on GOP Confederate Monument Protection Law

'This Ain’t Nothing But Racism': Alabama Lawmaker Goes Off on GOP Confederate Monument Protection Law

The Alabama state Senate postponed a vote on a bill designed to preserve and protect the history and culture of white supremacy after a black state senator pulled out a noose to remind GOP lawmakers of the racial terrorism committed by Confederate traitors.

State Sen. Rodger Smitherman represents Birmingham, Ala., America’s third-blackest city. In 2017, much to the dismay of people who own the...

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Feb 14, 2020. 11 comments

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

You know, quite often these days the news is just sad and anger-inducing. Tonight though, I’m happy to bring you a story that just warms my little heart.

CNN reports that a state court in North Carolina has reversed a ruling that would’ve provided $2.5 million in funds from the University of North Carolina to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The money would’ve...

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Feb 13, 2020. 21 comments

Alabama Lawmakers Want to Force One of America's Blackest Cities to Celebrate White Supremacy

Alabama Lawmakers Want to Force One of America's Blackest Cities to Celebrate White Supremacy

The mayor of the city with one of the highest percentages of black residents in America spoke out on Tuesday against legislation that compels the city to celebrate its Confederate heritage even though—and this part is absolutely bonkers—the city doesn’t have one.

Birmingham, Ala., is 72 percent black, making it the fourth-blackest municipality in America with more than 100,000 residents,...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Oct 01, 2019. 7 comments

Virginia Man Sues Local Paper, Reporter for Accurately Reporting His Family’s Slaveholding History

Virginia Man Sues Local Paper, Reporter for Accurately Reporting His Family’s Slaveholding History

Here’s the thing about descending from a “First Family of Virginia”—there’s going to be an abundance of receipts about your family’s slaveholding past.

One Charlottesville man, apparently, couldn’t abide the publication of those receipts and is suing a local newspaper and professor for disclosing his family’s slaveholding past—and having the sheer gall to insinuate that it might have any...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Sep 28, 2019. 16 comments

In Yo’ Face Like a Can of Mace: Kehinde Wiley Unveils Black Male Monument in Times Square

In Yo’ Face Like a Can of Mace: Kehinde Wiley Unveils Black Male Monument in Times Square

Finally, something we can look up to—literally.

A powerful image of a black man has been immortalized as a monument—in New York City’s Times Square, of all places.

Acclaimed artist Kehinde Wiley unveiled his biggest work to date on Friday night, a massive bronze statue of a young black man in urban regalia sitting astride a galloping horse like the king warrior he was meant to be.

Called...

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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Sep 15, 2019. 14 comments

To Hell With Y’all: Charlottesville Judge Rules Confederate Statues Will Stay

To Hell With Y’all: Charlottesville Judge Rules Confederate Statues Will Stay

Well, it was a good idea while it lasted.

I’m referring to the removal of public monuments of known racists.

But the law—in that comfortable cradle of great virtue the world knows as Charlottesville, Va.,—has prevailed.

And it’s the celebration of racist business as usual.

On Wednesday, a judge in the fair, ahem, city ruled the controversial statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen....

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Apr 10, 2019. 17 comments

Confederate-Loving Couple Arrested for Vandalizing Slave Memorial

Confederate-Loving Couple Arrested for Vandalizing Slave Memorial

Two activists dedicated to preserving the memories of American traitors have been arrested for a racist crime spree that included replacing an American flag with the “white man’s flag” and defacing a memorial recognizing the contributions of enslaved Africans.

And also, peeing.

WTVD reports that the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Police Department arrested Nancy Rushton McCorkle and...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 21, 2018. 19 comments

Most Southerners Don’t Support Confederate Symbols but Still Don’t Know Why the Hell the Civil War Happened

Most Southerners Don’t Support Confederate Symbols but Still Don’t Know Why the Hell the Civil War Happened

A new poll released this week reveals that white Southerners are fairly divided in how they feel about the Confederate flag and monuments that honor the Confederacy—news unlikely to shock anyone who has followed the conversation around these monuments in Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

Are black respondents quite so divided? Of course the hell not, but we’ll get into that later.

Around 1,000...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 07, 2018. 9 comments

Confederate Statue 'Silent Sam' Could Return to UNC Chapel Hill but Protesters Have Other Plans

Confederate Statue 'Silent Sam' Could Return to UNC Chapel Hill but Protesters Have Other Plans

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hell-bent on having a Confederate statue on campus. Unfortunately for them, 26-year-old graduate student Maya Little is equally as committed to stopping them.

As such, according to NPR, she was arrested, charged with inciting a riot and assaulting a police officer after spearheading a rally against this racist ass monument on Monday night.

Her...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 22, 2018. 13 comments

So Long, 'Silent Sam': Demonstrators Topple Confederate Statue at UNC Chapel Hill

So Long, 'Silent Sam': Demonstrators Topple Confederate Statue at UNC Chapel Hill

For more than 100 years, “Silent Sam,” a bronze statue representing a Confederate soldier, stood vigil on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

On Monday night, his watch ended, as student protesters tore the statue off its pedestal.

As the Charlotte Observer reports, a protest held on the UNC campus Monday night featured two groups of demonstrators: one crowd that...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jul 31, 2018. 22 comments

Will Austin, Texas Get a New Name? A Local Report on Confederate Monuments Suggests Renaming City

Will Austin, Texas Get a New Name? A Local Report on Confederate Monuments Suggests Renaming City

Stephen F. Austin, known also as the “father of Texas” is often credited with carving out the early outlines of Texas, so perhaps it is apt that the capital of the Lone Star state is named after him.

Except, hold that thought.

Or at least that’s what Austin’s Equity Office wants you to do after a report by the office about existing Confederate monuments pointed out that Austin (the person) was...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 18, 2018. 7 comments

Design Unveiled for Proposed Memorial at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Site of Horrific Charleston, S.C. Shooting

Design Unveiled for Proposed Memorial at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Site of Horrific Charleston, S.C. Shooting

Before white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine parishioners in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the church was known foremost as being the oldest AME church in the South.

Now, three years after the deadly shooting, the church plans to construct a memorial dedicated to the nine victims and five survivors of the shooting.

The memorial designs unveiled on...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 03, 2018. 19 comments

Confederate Barbie Says 'Minority' Who Doesn't Like Confederate Monuments is Like ISIS

Confederate Barbie Says 'Minority' Who Doesn't Like Confederate Monuments is Like ISIS

A woman continued her crusade to keep the name of a Confederate General on a Georgia park by informing her county commision that erasing the rebel soldier’s name is the same thing Islamic State terrorists did in the Middle East.

Previously on “Gone With the Windbag,” East Cobb, Ga. resident Mary Stevens addressed the Cobb County Commission to explain why slavery wasn’t so bad, only to be...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 02, 2018. 21 comments

It's 2018 and These Trash Bags Are Still Erecting Confederate Monuments

It's 2018 and These Trash Bags Are Still Erecting Confederate Monuments

To see the ways in which a country views itself, and its history, you need look no further than its monuments and memorials. These civic markers act as modes of remembrance, imploring onlookers to remember great historical feats and figures (as the Lincoln Memorial does), or to reflect on a complicated past (as the Vietnam War memorial does).

Which is why it’s notable that in 2018, racist...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 20, 2018. 10 comments

Richmond, Va., Elementary School, Once Named After Confederate Leader, Renamed in Honor of Obama

Richmond, Va., Elementary School, Once Named After Confederate Leader, Renamed in Honor of Obama

Richmond, Va., has gotten rid of the city’s only school named after a Confederate leader (sorta), and has renamed the building for the nation’s first black president.

Yes, #LetTheConfederacyStayInThePastWhereItBelongs2018.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the city’s school board voted 6-1 on Monday night to rename the J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School the Barack Obama Elementary...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 02, 2018. 1 comments

Officials in Lexington, Ky., Approve Plan to Move Confederate Monuments From Outside Former Courthouse

Officials in Lexington, Ky., Approve Plan to Move Confederate Monuments From Outside Former Courthouse

Officials in Lexington, Ky., have cast their vote on the push to relocate two Confederate statues from outside a former courthouse that is being converted into a visitors center.

According to CBS News, the proposal to move the two statues that were erected to honor Confederate officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge was unanimously approved by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Mar 15, 2018. 6 comments

Section of Baltimore Park, Once the Site of Trash Confederate Statues, Now Renamed After Harriet Tubman

Section of Baltimore Park, Once the Site of Trash Confederate Statues, Now Renamed After Harriet Tubman

It’s never going to be a bad decision to rename something after renowned badass and “conductor” of the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman. And following that school of thought, a section of a Baltimore park that was once the location of some loser statues has been renamed after the iconic abolitionist.

According to CBS Baltimore, the community held a special ceremony to honor the American...

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Feb 28, 2018. 8 comments

Tracing Your Roots: My Confederate Ancestor Is on Monuments; Who Did He Own?

Tracing Your Roots: My
Confederate Ancestor Is on Monuments; Who Did He Own?

The debate over Confederate monuments inspires one woman to find the descendants of people her memorialized ancestor enslaved.

Dear Professor Gates:

I just read

your previous column regarding the Confederate general Wade Hampton III, of whom I am a direct descendant. In it, you addressed whether there was a connection between Gen. Hampton and a man named Wade Hampton Shields, whose parents...

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