Confederate Monuments Continue to Come Down Around The United States After Recent Violence in Charlottesville
All across the country Confederate monuments are crumbling. Well, they’re not literally crumbling, instead they are being removed as a reaction to the white nationalist rally that took an unfortunate turn towards violence and hatred in Charlottesville, VA. A variety of federal officials have since called for the removal of various statues, symbols, and indicators of our Confederate past.
Throughout Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, and even our nation’s capitol, monuments memorializing the Confederacy have begun to vanish and dozens more have seen proposals for removal, suggesting that their fate is murky at best. Over fifteen large monuments across five states have been removed since the Charlottesville uprising that wrought havoc both socially and politically throughout America.
Among the monuments removed was a statue of Roger B. Taney in Annapolis, a statue honoring the Crescent City White League in New Orleans, and monument memorializing Confederate soldiers in Gainesville. This, however, is just a small fraction of planned removals in the coming days, weeks, and months.
Aside from the larger, more prominent memorials and statues, a series of smaller remembrances have also been vanquished in areas outside the American south. Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, and multiple areas in New York have removed plaques, carvings, and statues originally designed to honor those who led and served in the Confederacy.
The trend of removing Confederate memorabilia is pushing forward with vigor, with several proposals for continued removals including many in the nation’s capitol. While the violence at Charlottesville certainly garnered attention for the wrong reasons, the aftermath is having a powerful effect on the landscape of the nation.