Here’s some good news:
“When rioters tore through the U.S. Capitol last month, some of them gripping Confederate battle flags, they didn’t encounter a statue of the most famous rebel general, Robert E. Lee.
“The Lee statue, which represented the state of Virginia as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol for 111 years, had been removed just weeks before — one of at least 160 public Confederate symbols taken down or moved from public spaces in 2020, according to a new count the Southern Poverty Law Center shared with The Associated Press ahead of releasing it.
But there is a yin-yang thing here:
“The SPLC says there are 704 Confederate monuments still standing across the U.S. And taking some of them down may be difficult, particularly in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee — states where lawmakers have enacted policies protecting these monuments.
We still have a lot of work to do.
Here in The People’s Republic of Seattle, sometime last year the 1923-era Confederate monument in Lakeview Cemetary (which is adjacent to the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery where Union soldiers from the Civil War are buried) was knocked over and the Daughters of the Confederacy are not funding repairs. There are no Confederate soldiers buried underneath it, BTW.
President Handsome Joe Biden has stopped the work on Hair Füror’s Last Monument To The Confederacy at the border, so we got that going for us, too.