Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the Country—And Historians Aren’t Surprised

Article Link: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/625474/confederate-monuments-are-coming-down

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

As the nation begins to reckon with the systemic racism that led to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others, many Americans are lobbying officials to remove the monuments that have long glorified the racist Confederate cause. While some—like Mobile, Alabama’s statue of Confederate admiral Raphael Semmes—have been taken down by authorities, others are being toppled by citizens themselves. This week, for example, protestors in Richmond, Virginia, separated a paint-splattered bronze statue of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis from its pedestal on Monument Avenue.