The divide over statues and monuments in Charlottesville, Va., appears far from over. Just one month after a demonstration over plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee turned violent, resulting in a woman's death, a different group of protesters has targeted a statue of U.S. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. The protest has cleared, but the shroud on the Thomas Jefferson statue at the Rotunda remains. The Thomas Jefferson Monument, which sits just outside a rotunda at the University of Virginia -- which Jefferson also founded -- was cloaked in black Tuesday evening, and adorned with signs reading "Black Lives Matter" and "TJ is a racist," local media reported. Nearly 100 students came together to deface the statue, chanting, "No Trump, No KKK, no racist U-V-A," the Washington Times reported.
City officials actually want to remove the statues of Lee and Jackson. They have been stopped by a state court, relying on the Virginia law. But the United States Constitution is superior to any state or local law. Charlottesville officials should rely on its authority to conclude that they not only may but must remove these Confederate monuments. While legal technicalities may make it tricky to challenge the constitutionality of the monuments in court, those complexities do not apply to city officials.
Steve Bannon, Trump's White House Chief Strategist, has officially left the building and the internet can't help but notice his impeccable timing. Amidst a nationwide debate over the decision to remove Confederate monuments -- which Trump sees as "beautiful" pieces of history -- from the country in wake of the deadly rally in Charlottesville, the people all over the web can't help but make one big joke about Bannon's exit: The biggest, ugliest confederate monument has fallen. Now you'll have more time to... tend to your hobbies. Another confederate monument gone today, bye Steve Bannon pic.twitter.com/Vex0ILmn1r That joke, of course, is that Bannon has become an ousted Confederate statue himself.
A Confederate monument in New Orleans will be relocated after it was disassembled Monday morning. The statue is one of four prominent Confederate monuments that will be removed from New Orleans' city center. Amid protests from some -- and celebration from others -- The Liberty Place monument, a large and historic obelisk located at one end of Iberville Street, was deconstructed by local authorities in the early morning hours, the Associated Press reported. The Louisiana city is in the process of taking down four major Confederate monuments and statues, some of which include the Robert E. Lee statues at Lee Circle and the Jefferson Davis statue. The Liberty Place statue was the first to go.
Here, five decades ago, this poor northern New Mexico community saw one of the most violent clashes in civil rights history when armed Mexican American ranchers raided a courthouse in a dispute over land grants. It shocked the nation and helped trigger the Chicano Movement. Today, there's almost nothing in town to honor this historic moment, except for graffiti art on an abandoned gas station and a sentence on a marker. As monuments and statues fall across the United States, activists and towns are left wondering what to do with empty spaces that once honored historic figures tied to Confederate generals and Spanish conquistadors. They also are debating how to remember civil rights figures and events in areas where they have been forgotten.