ACU Chair Matt Schlapp and former D.C. Democrat Party Chair Scott Bolden weigh in on'Outnumbered Overtime.' A CNN reporter raised eyebrows on Monday with a curious explanation of why President Trump is considering giving his GOP renomination acceptance speech at the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield. TRUMP SAYS HE WILL GIVE GOP CONVENTION SPEECH AT WHITE HOUSE OR GETTYSBURG, DECISION COMING'SOON' Trump announced on Twitter that he has "narrowed down" the choice of venue for his Aug. 27 remarks to "The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C." Fox News reported last week that the Trump campaign was considering the possibility of having him deliver his convention acceptance speech on the South Lawn of the White House. However, CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond suggested that Trump's potential decision to give the speech at Gettysburg is based on his apparent admiration for the Confederacy. CNN'S BRIAN STELTER CALLED OUT FOR'TONE-DEAF' CRITICISM OF CONSERVATIVE MEDIA FOR QUESTIONING JOE BIDEN'S MENTAL HEALTH "We've reported that President Trump is considering his GOP nomination acceptance speech from the White House, but amid some criticism of that potential venue, the president is now floating another one," Diamond reported.
On April 24, New Orleans city employees began the process of removing four Confederate monuments. But there are pitfalls in eliminating memorials to the Confederacy – statues and monuments, along with the buildings, parks, schools and military bases named after Confederate soldiers. Primarily, we risk forgetting the connections of past racial crimes to current racial inequality. Statues of Confederate soldiers are common in the South in a number of courthouse squares, while streets and parks bear the names of people or events associated with the Confederacy. In Southampton, Virginia, Black Head Signpost Road is named for the head of a slave executed during the Nat Turner Rebellion.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he will introduce legislation that will block federal funding for states that do no protect their historical monuments and statues. "I'll be introducing legislation to withhold funding from states and cities where leaders fail to uphold the law," McCarthy said during a press briefing Thursday. "The mobs that Democrats encourage, suppress speech and punish those who speak out."
It's been a year since a gunman walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat with a prayer group before opening fire, killing nine black parishioners. As the world learned more about the man charged with the crime, Dylann Roof, and his racist manifesto, the nation, and particularly the South, tried to come to terms with the virulent racism that appeared to have inspired the attacks and the symbols associated with Roof and his toxic beliefs. Almost immediately, the Confederate battle flag, still a common symbol throughout Charleston and the region 150 years after the Civil War, was singled out as a symbol of the sort of violent racism in which Roof's beliefs were rooted. Dylann Roof before he killed 9 people. While supporters of the emblem claim it as a symbol of their Civil War heritage, it has also been a painful reminder of institutionalized racism and violence against African Americans that has been perpetrated under that banner.
One month after the Charlottesville attack, the fate over confederate statues continues to draw controversy in North Carolina. "The wealth of the confederacy was built on the backs of human slavery," said Sonya Patrick, the rally organizer, according to WWAY 3. The protest comes in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., which prompted North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to demand on Aug. 15 that Confederate monuments be taken down throughout the state. Protesters want this Confederate monument in Wilmington, N.C. to be taken down. Cooper, a Democrat, asked the legislature to repeal a 2015 law that prevents the removal or relocation of the monuments and asked the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to find potential alternative locations for them. Civil War re-enactors have decried efforts to remove the statues.