On CNN Thursday morning, liberal analyst Angela Rye argued that our nation's first president was as detestable as Robert E. Lee because he was a slave owner.
Here is where the entire discussion gets a little complicated, raising pertinent questions about the United States of America and its history.
WASHINGTON| Isolated and criticized after his comments on Charlottesville, Donald Trump has moved the debate Thursday, saying that american history was "broken in pieces" by the withdrawals of statues celebrating the characters of the States southerners and confederates, in favour of slavery.
According to the poll, 86 percent of Republicans think the statues should remain as historical symbols, whereas 6 percent said the monuments should be removed because they're offensive to some people. "He wasn't protecting my freedom". I wasn't someone who, my ancestors weren't deemed human beings to him.
"Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is just willful dumminess", Colbert said, coining a word.
Whether to remove Confederate monuments is being debated nationwide in the wake of a white nationalist protest against the removal of a statue of Lee in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend that turned deadly.More news: Tens of thousands expected to protest Hub 'Free Speech Rally'
The senseless violence in Charlottesville has displayed for the nation and the world what we, at the Free Press, have long pointed out - that these statues venerating Confederate traitors are symbols of power for neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the alt-right and other extremists who cling to the false notion of white supremacy and the domination of others.
Statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were among four monuments hauled off into the night on a flatbed truck. "We need to call it what it is", she said. To try to change history and portray Lee as either a white supremacist or racist is to do a great disservice to the man and his sense of duty to this state. As the monuments are removed from the landscape, the record of Jim Crow segregation and white supremacy that they speak to will be diminished. "Are you going to rewrite the books?" said Young. I love John to death, I couldn't disagree more about George Washington. He wrote in a letter to his wife "that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country" (he added, shamefully, that it was good for blacks - "the painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race"). Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and J.E.B. We fought our bloodiest war to end it. They tied a rope around a statue of an armed Confederate soldier and pulled it to the ground.
As for the idea of erasing history, it's a possibility that most scholars do not take lightly. "That is the part of our history that these monuments testify to".
"We can't take everything down because one group of people don't like it or one group of people don't believe in it", Burlington resident Ashley Lee said. We have progressed, we have gotten better, and yes, more work needs to be done in a lot of areas.
"One solution is to think about that. both the removal of some monuments, but also what kinds of public art, what kinds of public recognition of history do we want to foreground?" he says. And it's one thing for a statue to be merely a resting place for pigeons; it's another for it to be a fighting cause for neo-Nazis. The statue's removal is on hold pending litigation. Also like Al Sharpton, she despises Thomas Jefferson She, however, is taking her animosity toward USA history one step further.