I changed my mind about Confederate monuments: Charlottesville mayor

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer voted against moving the Robert E. Lee statue out of a city park earlier this year. He would like to create “a new context” around the Confederate general statue.

Signer has changed his mind and now wants Lee gone ASAP.

Signer said on Friday “I think everything changed last weekend”, while he was referring to the violence which broke out when neo-Nazis and white supremacists came to demonstrate against the removal of the statue that resulted in clashes with counter protesters.

Signer said “I think that was one of those moments in the nation’s history where everything turns”. “I’ve been likening it in my mind to Dylann Roof, and the water hoses on the peaceful protesters in Birmingham, or Joseph Welch confronting McCarthy, saying ‘At long last, have you no decency?'”

“All of a sudden these statues of Civil War generals installed in the Jim Crow era, they became touchstones of terror,” he continued, “the twisted totems that people are clearly drawn to, trying to create a whole architecture of intimidation and hatred around them that was visited around our town. It was evil.”

 

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