Charlottesville City Council votes to remove the Robert E. Lee statue...
|Teresa Kay Lam LARPing. (Image courtesy of Twitter)|
Charlottesville City Council unanimously voted to rename Lee Park, and cast a split vote to remove the Lee statue. I disagree with the decision to remove the statue. I think it is a bad idea, not because Robert E. Lee deserves respect, but because of the missed opportunity to utilize the statue to teach the public about the truth of the Confederacy. In my opinion, they should have re-contextualized the statue in place. Via The Cavalier Daily:
"Galvin was the first to express a dissenting opinion, pointing toward the critical historical dialogue keeping the statue could provide.
“I and others have argued that transforming the statue in place would be less costly, freeing us up funds and staff time for other causes that get at the systemic problems that were born out of slavery and Jim Crow,” Galvin said.
A report from the city’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces included a preliminary estimate of $330,000 for removing the Lee statue.
Signer mirrored Galvin’s argument to maintain the statue and transform its message. Signer said the removal of the statue would be moving backward in history while retelling the story accurately would be progressive.
“To move forward, we must visibly and transparently push against the past,” Signer said. “We must see and defy these monuments to overcome what they mean.”
Signer’s speech was not received favorably by all members of the audience. One attendee feigned a coughing attack and said it was due to levels of “white supremacy.” Signer paused his speech and, noting the woman did not appear ill, acknowledged her display of civil disobedience.
Bellamy concluded the speeches by outlining various ways the city is seeking to address race and equality issues focusing on housing, education and community programs.
He concluded with his support of the removal of the statue and emphasized the importance of the community to look past disagreements and work together.
“It is okay to disagree, it is okay to not understand each other on the surface,” Bellamy said. “If you agree that the City of Charlottesville must move forward in the way in which we interact with each other … the way in which we listen and value each other, then you, my friends, regardless of your skin color, regardless of your position on this issue, you are not my enemy.”
Although the Council was divided 3-2 in their decision to remove the statue, they voted unanimously in favor of renaming Lee Park."
This paves the way for the Confederate Heritage losers to file their injunctions and lawsuits. Susan Hathaway has been telling everyone that this is a slam dunk case, but the Heritage Preservation Associations past failings suggest otherwise. Make popcorn...
Restoring the honor!