Democratic lawmakers and even descendants of Confederate leaders are urging official removal of Confederate monuments at the center of a politically fraught national debate. (July 21)
As monuments went up, Black men, women, and children were being lynched. The Confederate monuments served as a reminder of the power that white supremacists could and would exert over Black bodies. These monuments became beacons of white supremacy and symbols of an effort to intimidate Black Americans into seeing themselves as inferior and less than.
ROBERT WRIGHT LEE: It is indeed another person who bears a first and surname identical to mine and whose lineage I bear as a nephew of Confederate general Robert E Lee.
I fully believe, along with a host of other amazing citizens of this great country, that Black Lives Matter. And for us to continue to celebrate a man who questioned the education, disparaged the right to vote of Black life, and had previously fought for the continued enslavement of Africans on the North American continent is an affront to those now who are suffering under current weights of oppression.
JARED HUFFMAN: Reverend, you are such a powerful messenger on these subjects. Thank you so much for doing this. I think you show that we don't have to honor dark aspects of our heritage by walking in the same footsteps as ancestors who got it wrong.