El Sid wrote:
"I'm too whacked to make sense. OK so the right wingers were protesting AGAINST the removal of Lee's statue. But why was it being removed? It's history ffs. What's Lee got to do with anything, right or left?
Decent enough guy, who fucked up at Gettysburg.
“The City Council Voted to Remove the Statue in April, but a Judge Halted the Removal for 6 Months in May
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GettyKu Klux Klan members at the July 8 rally at the Robert E. Lee Statue.
In April, the Charlottesville City Council voted to sell the bronze statue that stands in downtown Charlottesville. As WVIR reports, the city council also unanimously voted to rename Lee Park. However, two members of the five-member city council still voted against removing the statue.
At the time, City Attorney Craig Brown admitted that there would be legal battles ahead to remove the statue.
There is a pending court suit challenging the right to relocate the Lee statue,” Brown told Richmond.com. “I think the process is geared toward a contractual agreement to move the statue somewhere else, but my advice is to have that be contingent on a favorable ruling in the court case.”
In May, WDBJ reported that Judge Richard Moore ruled that the statue’s removal would be delayed by six months. The Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups argued that a Virginia monument law stops war monuments from being removed. However, the city government has said that the statue of Lee and another one of the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson were not initially erected to honor Civil War veterans.
Moore said that the city could still rename Lee and Jackson parks, and could continue plans to remove the Lee statue, as well as plans to replace them with other historical monuments. One idea is to build a memorial to the slaves who lived in Charlottesville in Jackson Park, notes the Daily Progress.
Lee Park was renamed Emancipation Park, while Jackson Park’s new name is Justice Park."
"Removing the statues of Lee and Jackson will not come cheap. In October 2016, Richmond.com reported that city staff estimate that it will cost $330,000 to remove the Lee statue and $370,000 to remove the Jackson one."