Country’s Largest Confederate Statue Comes Down

Defaced Robert E. Lee statue via Wikimedia Commons

On Wednesday, the largest statue in the country honoring a Confederate soldier was taken down. In Virginia, a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee standing over six stories tall.

Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons

The Daily Wire reports:

Governor Ralph Northan (D-VA) called for its removal last year, saying that we could “no longer honor a system that was based on the buying and selling of enslaved people,” according to Axios.

“Yes, that statue has been there for a long time,” he added. “But it was wrong then, and it is wrong now. So we’re taking it down. I believe in a Virginia that studies its past in an honest way. I believe that when we learn more, we can do more. And I believe that when we learn more — when we take that honest look at our past — we must do more than just talk about the future.”

The governor’s move prompted a legal challenge that remained unresolved for more than a year. However, last week, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the commonwealth could, in fact, remove the statue and that the government was not obligated to keep it up, even if the deed for the monument called for it to be kept up for display in perpetuity.

“Those restrictive covenants are unenforceable as contrary to public policy and for being unreasonable because their effect is to compel … the Commonwealth to express, in perpetuity, a message with which it now disagrees,” the justices wrote in a unanimous ruling, notes The Associated Press.



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Janie Falgout
Janie Falgout
1 month ago

Cancel culture strikes again. Of course black face was fine for the governor. Two-faced a..hole

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1 month ago
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CaptTurbo
CaptTurbo
1 month ago

Cancel culture is disgusting. The time will come for them to taste it for themselves.

Unicorn76
Unicorn76
1 month ago

Taliban mentality – Lee was a great General on the wrong side of history. The statue hardly represents slavery. Had he been a union general, it still would be standing.
To be woke is not a joke.

Sandra Lee Smith
Sandra Lee Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Unicorn76

He WAS an Union officer, a COL, before he was a Confederate GEN, former Commandant of West Point, & sought by Lincoln to lead the Army, but VA held his heart & home.

OLGYRENE
1 month ago

More proof that 90% of those who identify as liberal, socialist, progressive, leftist democrats whether politicians or plain citizens are shy 99% of their cognitive abilities, since they cannot recognize that inanimate objects themselves do not stand for anything other than past history. It is disturbing that there are do many people in the US who seem to believe these inanimate objects actually pertain to attitudes and beliefs in todays society, it is sadly a sign of the overall ignorance of the US citizenry that this kind of thing is taking place in our nation. It’s a harbinger of the fact that in the not so distant future the USA will be a full fledged socialist country ruled by individuals who ate Nazi’s at heart !!!

Steve Sylvia
Steve Sylvia
1 month ago

I am offended by statues and street and school names of Martin Luther King, now proven to have plagiarized his doctoral thesis, his “Dream” speech, and was well documented as a serial adulterer. Lying was as common as breathing to the man. Like lee, he accomplished good as well, but since we’re judging strictly by one’s perceived mistakes these days, King’s memorials have GOT to GO too. Let’s clean it ALL up!

RayRay
RayRay
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Sylvia

You are absolutely correct my friend Robert E. Lee was against slavery he was a great leader in the Civil War tired of Martin Luther King everything in Roanoke Virginia where im from hes everywhere on everything hes got to go all of his statues The South Will Rise Again!

Steve Sylvia
Steve Sylvia
1 month ago

While we’re at it, Northam has got to go. Not only did he attend parties in blackface with his date in KKK robes and hood, but his proud college nickname was “coon man” which is racist and offensive, as is he! He’s GOT to GO too. Let’s erase him also!

g-man
g-man
1 month ago

another step in the wrong direction again, do they really think if you take down a statue everything else is just forgotten. right in the footsteps of all the other facist dictators took try to erase history. if only we could erase them as a person of no real value to the world, ah wouldn’t that be nice?

Jack Rambo
Jack Rambo
1 month ago
Reply to  g-man

For every Confederate statue taken down 10,000 people join or lean towards supporting the KKK and right wing politics. Actions have consequences!

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

Ironic isn’t it. Historically, the largest Confederate monument will be remembered as the one destroyed by a governor whose nickname is “coonman” for wearing blackface in his college years. He’s not smart enough to know that removal of this monument will magnify the fame and prestige intended.

rob
rob
1 month ago

Funny the history is still the same didn’t change a thing.

Sid
Sid
1 month ago
Reply to  rob

The history is more gov’t lies. The civil war was fought because the Northern gov’t was over taxing the Southern farmers, not slavery. Lincoln owned slaves. But you have to dig to find it and it will not be in school history books.

George Irvin
George Irvin
1 month ago

Great! Now ow systemic racism has finally and completely been replaced with systemic stupidity.

Sage
Sage
1 month ago

Sad The destruction of history. The statue was part of the healing process for a once divided nation contrary to today as many try to divide this nation by doing such things as tearing down statues.

John
John
1 month ago

Our southern border is awash with unknown peoples breaking into our country, Americans are hostages in Afghanistan, the economy is in shambles, we have enabled a new state for terrorists and armed them, our government is in the hands of those who hate us and our country, our elections have been corrupted, the populous has been terrorized by the medical community and those who would propose that armagedon is at hand from co2, masked fascists riot and burn our cities which are have been taken over by the homeless living on the streets in the thousands, while our cities are riddled with crime so prevalent that we no longer even attempt to enforce our laws while our “leaders” feign compassion and they give our tax dollars to themselves and their friends. Yeah, statues are a BIG problem?!

Festus
Festus
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Well said, John.

AntonioSalieri
AntonioSalieri
1 month ago
Reply to  John

pretty much sums it up.

Glenn
1 month ago

Those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it but I guess the governor of Virginia and his partner are not smart enough to realize that truism.

david
david
1 month ago

How sad. Too bad the country can’t be more inclusive.

Walter
Walter
1 month ago

If the land was given for the monument and it says that the statue must stay up then the state needs to return the land and the action is one of contractual law. Shows how the liberals of Virginia don’t respect the rule of law. Time to dump the Supreme Court of VIRGINIA !!!!!!!!! It is important not to give honor to these things it is more important to keep them and teach everyone how wrong these people are if u remove them then they disappear and the wrong they did is forgotten!!!!!’

Albert M Bryson
Albert M Bryson
1 month ago

By removing these statures of historic figures associated with the Civil War from the Confederacy is destroying history. They should be shamed of themselves.

Elsin
Elsin
1 month ago

It is history. You can’t change history by taking down a statue. You are suppose to see these statues an think. How far we have come.

stephen mcdonald
stephen mcdonald
1 month ago

The country’s largest Democrats statue comes down.
Remember they fought to the death to keep their slaves.
Now they want to enslave 95 percent of the population with Marxist dictatorship.

Sandra Lee Smith
Sandra Lee Smith
1 month ago

Sad, indeed… but then, I doubt Robert E would want to continue to grace a capitol that stands in vile opposition to every principle for which he stood all his life.

nemo
nemo
1 month ago

Why not teach REAL HISTORY and the reasoning at the time… Today’s indoctrinated population are warped, because the teaching was not understood, and they are reacting incorrectly… Taking down a statue is insane… not going to change anything that happened 200/300 years ago … Just plane fn stupid…

Rev J
Rev J
1 month ago

Bunch of morons who believe that you can cancel out history by removing statues. I guess their next move will be the same as Hitler who had the philosophy that burning books would cancel out history also. Here is a quote to ponder on A hundred years before the advent of Hitler, the German-Jewish poet, Heinrich Heine, had declared: “Wherever books are burned, human beings are destined to be burned too.” Guess this man had some foresight as what was top come. Maybe should learn from history and not to to cancel it out.

John F Grisoni
John F Grisoni
1 month ago

It’s okay to take down a statue of a man of character despite what was common and accepted in his day and era. But it’s okay to erect a bronze statue of George (St George) Floyd in Newark NJ and to see his face pasted on murals all over. We disrespect a great and accomplished man not withstanding his misguided loyalty to his state, and we honor a felon. Is America going down the tubes, or what?

Rev J
Rev J
1 month ago

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Henry Penrose
1 month ago

Jackals feeding off a dead lion.

THOMAS E FLANAGAN
THOMAS E FLANAGAN
1 month ago

Only the most ingenuine person fully lacking in integrity can stand around with a grin while a monument such as this is being torn down, speaking the words “…we must do more than talk about the future.” Destroying historical references of the past is not doing more about the future. Tearing down is about all these people know how to do. Talk is cheap. Keep your powder dry.

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