Poll shows most Americans want to keep racism-tainted statues

Lena Tucker
August 21, 2017

Jackson's descendants say that while they've learned that Jackson was loving to his family and had taught Sunday school to slaves in Lexington, Virginia, they ultimately "cannot ignore his decision to own slaves, his decision to go to war for the Confederacy, and, ultimately, the fact that he was a white man fighting on the side of white supremacy", they wrote.

Trump is still facing a political firestorm for doubling down on Tuesday on his claims that "both sides" were at fault for the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, even after one alleged white nationalist was charged with murder after ramming his auto into a crowd of protesters, killing a 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

"Slavery was one of our bad mistakes", Holding said. If nothing else, it was out-of-character for Trump, who has been quick to call out any individual, group or organization with which he disagrees in the harshest way possible.

"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer".

But no, 24 hours later, Trump couldn't help himself. In 2017, this shouldn't even be a question. When black soldiers protested, Wilson told them "segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen".

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who Mr Trump considered for a Cabinet post, declared that "the president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to" in dealing with crises. If you don't believe me, just ask them.

Trump, who also said this week that "racism is evil" and condemned the KKK and neo-Nazis, also attacked news coverage during his tweet storm. "We must call evil by its name", tweeted Sen. "We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump". He also tweeted, "Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?" So foolish!' Trump said. "I can only imagine what persons of color who have to walk and drive by those every morning think and feel".

In response, May criticised the remarks but stopped short of personally criticising Trump, which prompted accusations she had "the moral fibre of a slug and and the sycophancy of a hyena". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been critical of Trump.

And Trump, with his near record-low approval ratings, is seemingly desperate to keep this portion of his base happy rather than harshly dismissing them for the "losers" that they are.

In a clear sign of embarrassment, Republican lawmakers did not line up to defend the real estate mogul-turned-president, as they have repeatedly done since he took office in January.

Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, addressed this very distinction in an emotional speech earlier this year that capped two years of intense debate in his city over what the monuments said and what they mean. What I'm saying is this - you had a group on one side, and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was terrible and it was a disgusting thing to watch.

Left or right, Democrat or Republican, black or white, we are not each others' enemies.

"There are moments in American history we can point to with pride, and there are other moments when men made mistakes and when what they did was wrong", Holding said.

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