The American city of Richmond has removed the controversial statue of General Robert E. Lee.
During the American Civil War in the 19th century, Lee fought for the Southern States (Confederation), which sought to protect slavery. More and more federal tributes are disappearing from American streets.
The statue is 12.2 meters high and is currently the largest Confederate statue in the United States. It will be removed on Wednesday after 131 years of being placed. That was possible because the Supreme Court ruled last week that the monument could be removed after enemies tried to overturn the Virginia governor’s decision.
Democrat Governor Ralph Northam decided to remove the statue ten days after George Floyd died last year. The black American was killed by a white officer when he was arrested. Protests against racism and police brutality followed the death of Black Lives Matter Floyd after the Lee statue.
“Our public monuments are a sign of who we are and what we care about,” Northam said after the court ruling. “As we mourn the leaders who fought for an organization that enslaved the people, we respect a lost cause that has been a burden to Virginia for many years.” And Mayor Lever M. According to Stony the time has come for the statue to disappear. “We are a diverse, open and welcoming city and our symbols should reflect that reality,” he says.
In recent years many cities have dropped the Confederate statues. Last July, a statue of General Lee in Charlottesville was removed. It was demonstrated in 2017 against that statue, where one of the participants was killed by a right-wing extremist. The offender has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
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