Charlottesville to remove Confederate statues


But how can we learn about history without statues?

Next they’ll be tearing down the Bin Laden statue at ground zero!

10 Likes

No doubt!

A great piece by her:

Excerpt:

Since writing the petition, I have read book after book and watched countless documentaries about the political implications of the fall of these monuments. Too many of them never mention the names of the Black women who were essential in making it all happen. It is morally bankrupt and intellectually dishonest to tell a story that leaves Black women like myself out of the narrative, which is often rewarded under systems that uphold patriarchy and misogyny as the normative and that is the most unfortunate part of it all.

I find myself honored to stand on the shoulders of true giants, Black women who have created much of the contemporary political theory that serves as the context and background for a lot of my work. They built a great deal of the organizing infrastructure and praxis that has produced wins in the racial justice movement, even as their work has been co-opted at times. I honor women like Claudette Colvin, who was also a 15-year-old Black girl when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955.

I also reflect on those we’ve lost due to burnout or direct violence, those who did the dangerous work that made them a target. My plea is this: Do not wait until we have passed or reached our breaking point to honor us or to give us our well-deserved flowers. Honor us while we are well. Honor us as we are doing the work that others choose not to do. Honor us in the rooms where we are not present.

10 Likes

Melt the bitch down! They can turn it into 100’s of participation trophies to hand out at the next CPAC, or miniature copies of the golden Trump Buddha statue they featured last year.

2 Likes

14 Likes

“Virgil, quick, come see, There goes the Robert E. Lee!”

9 Likes

If ever there was a prime opportunity for landscape camera!

Oh well - good riddance.

2 Likes

…I have to admit I kind of love that one though? I feel like it really captures Forrest’s spirit and gives him the dignified presentation he truly deserves.

It has been said the civil war produced two great geniuses. A single look at this and the Lincoln memorial gives a good feeling of the difference between the one who fought for unity and said things like “do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”, and who fought for slavery and said things like “come on boys, if you want a heap of fun and to kill some Yankees”.

Also, I kind of want a representation of it to come to life as a villain in a stop-motion horror movie, because you would never find something more nightmarish.

4 Likes

Reminds of the statue scene from Good Bye Lenin…

6 Likes

In all fairness, there was a bipartisan movement to compromise on this issue, and just take down half of the statue, leaving only the horse’s asses standing. But I guess they could not agree on which end that was.

6 Likes

What about respecting wishes?

4 Likes

Pretty much the same thing said of that infamous statue of Lucille Ball… rightfully taken down for aesthetic reasons alone.

3 Likes

Timely follow up news:

3 Likes

Should have been removed haphazardly, and then dragged down the streets of Charlottesville.

The cheers would have surely been louder.

2 Likes

“Cornpone’s Craven Retreat”?

1 Like

“Both statues will be placed in storage. The stone bases will be left in place and removed later.” - from the CNN article on the removal

There is a pedestal near my home in New Orleans that used to have a statue of the Racist Traitor who gave his name to Racist Traitor Parkway. It has become a pretty cool series of revolving installations. Sometimes that installation’s a couch. Sometimes it’s a person dressed up like a carrot dancing for a friend with a camera. Sometimes it’s a big crescent moon. And currently it’s a bunch of blood-red silhouettes holding up a drumhead that appeared on Juneteenth.

I suspect that last may persist for a while. Maybe it’ll become the permanent resident, sitting there where Canal crosses Norm Francis Parkway, across from the empty pedestal that used to hold a bust of the first rich asshole from Louisiana who bought a commission and died for the dream of keeping slaves.

8 Likes

Looks like evil universe Chris Elliot.

2 Likes

say what cabin boy GIF

3 Likes

It took me a second to figure out which racist traitor statue you meant. We had plenty. There was also Racist Traitor Circle of course, and let’s not forget that it wasn’t until the 1990’s that we removed the following inscription from the base of the Liberty Place monument. (It was near the Esplanade end of the French Market):

McEnery and Penn having been elected governor and lieutenant-governor by the white people, were duly installed by this overthrow of carpetbag government, ousting the usurpers, Governor Kellogg (white) and Lieutenant-Governor Antoine (colored). United States troops took over the state government and reinstated the usurpers but the national election of November 1876 recognized white supremacy in the South and gave us our state.

ETA: and the racist traitor statue in Jackson Square is still standing

2 Likes

In London, there is an official programme of temporary sculptures on a plinth that stood empty for over 150 years.

2 Likes

They could build stairs, let tourists pose on the plinth, and just rake it in.

1 Like

← previous page