You remember the “Unite the Right” fiasco in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017? The rally was organized by a large number of different groups, mainly white supremacists and neo-Nazis. People died, more were injured, some beaten up, others injured when a car plowed into a group of people. And remember in the aftermath, when Donald Trump said there were good people on both sides? That rally was in protest of plans to remove a Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general.
In the days following Charlottesville, Confederate statues began falling: activists in Durham, North Carolina, used ropes to tear down a statue of a Confederate soldier outside the city’s former courthouse; authorities in Baltimore moved to take down the city’s Confederate monuments; and the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, where state law prohibits the removal of a Confederate monument from a city park, ordered it covered up with plastic.
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