A statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee was quietly removed from the U.S. Capitol overnight Sunday, but statues honoring Confederate leaders and others with racist pasts remain—months after leaders of Congress urged their removal.
"Robert E. Lee was a traitor whose actions murdered American troops. Why are you so clueless about America and our history?" replied one irate student of history.
Police in Richmond, Virginia were called to investigate a report of an unoccupied vehicle being struck once by gunfire near the city's Robert E. Lee statue.
"They're ripping down our history," President Donald Trump said of U.S. protesters. "That's where these guys begin. They take away your history."
"Much of the racial tension, strife and protest we're seeing across the country emanates from right here in Charlottesville," community organizer Don Gathers said. "But now we're moving the needle in a positive way."
"This is public property. This is my city," the woman shouts, appearing to push one person away. Someone behind the camera then called her "a racist," asking her to leave.
Reverend Robert Wright Lee said he supports a bill that proposes removing a statue of his ancestor, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, from Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.
A look back at the Civil War ought to be most instructive.
The move may be related to protests against police brutality and racism that have erupted throughout the U.S. after the May death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.
"Enough's enough, man," Biden said at a rally in Iowa. "This is nonsense."
"The president is now glorifying a loser," Congressman James Clyburn pointed out on Sunday. "Robert E. Lee was a loser," he asserted.
"You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don't ever forget that," said Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp.
Some community members criticize the name change for the acronym spelling out the Confederate general's name
Yale University and a former State Representative in Georgia are pointing the way to healing in America as the debate over Confederate monuments rages.
"We don't want people to think that they can hide behind Robert E. Lee's name for these senseless acts of violence."
A statue of Robert E. Lee is at the center of the unrest in Charlottesville. It should be in a museum, says Bertram Hayes-Davis.