What’s Happening: The riots that have spread across America have been used to support the argument that the country is still deeply racist.
Violence in largely-black communities has been incited by people outraged over what they view as systemic discrimination.
That could be the reason Democrat Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, has just announced plans to remove a historic monument over 100 years old from the state capital:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.
Why It’s Important:
A movement to remove Civil War-era monuments has been around for several years. Protests made up of African American activists and other left-wing groups claim these statues are symbols of systematic racism that continues to permeate the country.
But critics of this movement state that the removal of statues erodes our history, including the long battle Americans of all races fought to end slavery and racial oppression. The tearing down of such monuments, they say, will erase important milestones in our history.
Nevertheless, this is one of many moves made by Virginia’s governor that appears to fulfill his far-left agenda.
- Northam announced the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond.
- The state has stood for over 100 years and represents the state’s Civil War history.
- Activists claim the statue is a symbol of racism, while others claim it is a reminder of our history.