the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville is finally falling … almost 4 years after playing a central role in triggering the violent rally where Heather heyer was killed.
Teams began work early Saturday morning to remove the monument to the Confederate General from a city park.
The monumental event drew a crowd of onlookers who applauded as the statue was finally lifted from its pedestal. The crews should also remove another statue nearby – that of another Confederate general … Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Calls for the city to remove the tributes to the failed Confederation were what sparked the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017 … where neo-Nazis with tiki torches walked through the University of Virginia campus chanting white supremacy.
This attracted counter-protesters and sparked the violent clash where James Champs finally plowed through a crowd with his car, killing Heyer. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2019 for his murder and hate crimes.
Then president Asset sadly reacted to the fatal incident saying it was “both sides’ fault.”
As Lee’s statue fell on Saturday, the mayor of Charlottesville Nikuyah walker addressed the crowd and reporters, saying… “Tearing down this statue is one more step towards the goal of helping Charlottesville, Virginia and America, grappling with the sin of wanting to destroy black people for economic gain. “
We don’t know where the statues will go now. By law, the city had to accept offers from interested persons or institutions. Charlottesville is said to have 10 offers and city council will make the final call.