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Charlottesville VA Backs “Reparations” Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

Charlottesville VA Backs “Reparations” Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

AMY GOODMAN: Democracy Now!,,
The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman with Juan Gonzalez. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We end today in Charlottesville,
Virginia, where the city is bracing for a white nationalist rally on Saturday protesting
the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. The “Unite the Right” event is expected to
draw several thousands of people, including counterprotesters. In June, the KKK held a similar rally. More than a thousand people joined that protest. After the hooded KKK members departed, police
moved in and attacked the counterprotesters with tear gas and arrested 23 people. White nationalist Richard Spencer organized
several similar protests earlier this year. City officials in Charlottesville have reportedly
been looking at options to halt Saturday’s Unite the Right event. A news conference is expected to take place
later today to provide details about the plans for the rally. AMY GOODMAN: Earlier this year, when the Charlottesville
City Council voted to sell the statue of Robert E. Lee, white nationalist groups, including
the Virginia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, filed a lawsuit against the city. A circuit court judge then issued a six-month
injunction to halt its removal. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center,
at least 60 publicly funded Confederacy symbols have been removed or renamed since the 2015
massacre of nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, by a self-described white
supremacist. To find out more, we go to Charlottesville
to talk to Wes Bellamy, vice-mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, youngest person ever to be elected
to the Charlottesville City Council. He is also the only African-American city
councilor and has been leading the opposition to the Robert E. Lee statue in the city. Wes Bellamy, welcome to Democracy Now! WES BELLAMY: Thank you for having me. AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about your original
push to have the Robert E. Lee statue taken down and what you ultimately got, that isn’t
talked about as much, which is some kind of— WES BELLAMY: Equity package, yeah. AMY GOODMAN: —some kind of funds for reparations? WES BELLAMY: Yeah, so, this all started nearly
a year and a half ago, in March of last year. I received several different phone calls,
emails. There was a petition from a local student
here in the area about an effort and a push to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee. People in Charlottesville have been talking
about this for some years, but just last year there was a nuance in a bill that was vetoed
at the state House by our governor that essentially said that if you want to move these kind of
statues and things of that nature, it’s a local issue, so you have the right to be
able to do so. My colleague and I, Ms. Kristin Szakos, we
both decided to push really hard. We held a press conference in which there
were probably about 150 people who came out. About 80—or, excuse me, I would say about
110, 120 people or so who were pro-moving the statue, and about 30 to 40 Sons and Daughters
of the Confederacy, who came with their large flags, and very, very upset that we were pushing
to do so. Subsequently, since then, there’s been a
lot of things that have transpired. I mean, I’ve received all kinds of death
threats, been probably called every kind of N-word that you can think of. And it’s been a very interesting topic. But I think that we have awakened, to say
the least. We’ve seen a group of people here in our
community who have been marginalized, who haven’t necessarily had a voice. We’re waking up, and we’re saying that
we are going to stand tall. And in the midst of all of this, we also got
an equity package passed, which I presented in January, before we had our first vote—and
it was unanimously passed—which gave us $950,000 to our African American Heritage
Center, $250,000 to build onto one of the parks in the local African-American community. We got $2.5 million to public housing redevelopment,
$50,000 annually for anyone who lives in public housing to get free GED training, another
$50,000 to anyone who lives 80 percent below the AMI, which is the annual median income,
as well as public housing, to have scholarships of sorts to go to our local community college. We got a position for black male achievement,
which we’re calling a youth opportunity coordinator. So, I mean, in all, in all, it was about $4
million, basically, from funding, put specifically into marginalized communities to help bridge
the gap and create equity. All of this is about equity. We need equity, and not equality. Those are two different things. Equity is giving everyone what they need in
order to have the same playing field. Equality is just giving everyone the same
thing. I don’t want equality. I want us to have equity. And we’re going to push for equity in every
space, whether that’s public parks, whether that’s in our city budget, no matter where
it is, as long as I’m on council. And I’m going to push for it until the day
I die. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Vice-Mayor Bellamy,
the interesting thing, though, is that you were offered—the majority agreed to the
equity package as an attempted compromise to convince you to hold off on the removal
of the Robert E. Lee statue. Could you talk about that effort on their
part? WES BELLAMY: Yeah. So, I think my colleagues, they wanted to
see how we can find a compromise of sorts and move forward with the equity package. And I think—I personally believe that all
of my colleagues on council, they firmly also believe in equity. We may all have different ways in which we
want to go about it. So we thought it was a great idea. When we had the first vote to move the statue,
it was—it’s only five of us on council. It was a 2-2 vote, and one of my colleagues
abstained. So, it wasn’t until our next City Council
that he, Mr. Bob Fenwick, decided to come on board and vote to remove the statue. So, essentially, the statue was moved—or,
we had the votes to remove the statue, as well as getting the equity package. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And have you been surprised
by the enormous backlash and the—and these white supremacists organizing rallies in your
town now? WES BELLAMY: No, sir. I’m a student of history. We see this is oftentimes what happened when
you have specifically—let’s just call a spade a spade. When you have African Americans who decide
to stand up in nontraditional African-American places, in places in which we haven’t been
very vocal or in which we haven’t, quote-unquote, “caused trouble” or stirred things up, whenever
we decide to do so, and our white brothers and sisters or Latino brothers and sisters,
our brothers and sisters of different hues and persuasions decide to rally and ride with
us, whenever you see that kind of uprising, the majority, and specifically individuals
who believe that things should be the way they’ve always been, they normally push
back. You’ve seen this from the ’40s to the ’50s
to the ’60s. And in no by shape, form or fashion, am I
Dr. King or anything. But we’ve seen this kind of story and this
playbook play out. There’s always going to be met with opposition
when you’re doing something right. And, I mean, the threats and the people who
are saying they’re going to do this and they’re going to do that, and these rallies
that have been coming about as of late, in my opinion, it just shows that we’re doing
something right. It’s been troubling for many people in our
community. But I think, personally, what I often tell
myself, and I tell the little kids who I talk to every single day, and when we’re walking
around the city, in order for us to get to the clear water, the clean water, you have
to go through the mud. And right now we’re kind of in the muddy
part. But I would much rather us go through the
mud and get clean now than just pretend as if these issues don’t exist and let’s
not do anything for another generation. AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to comments about
the August 12th rally by the Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler, who posted the video
on his Twitter account on Saturday. JASON KESSLER: These people who are trying
to erase white people from history. And that’s the other question: Like is this
a white supremacist event? This is not a white supremacist event. This is a pro-white event. AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about those who
are saying don’t go to this, what Jason Kessler is saying, who he is? And also, did you vote to remove or sell the
statue? WES BELLAMY: Yeah, so, there’s several questions
that you asked there. You were breaking up a little bit, and I couldn’t
hear the first—the first two. What did you say? AMY GOODMAN: Who Jason Kessler is, and those
who are saying, like the University of Charlottesville president, encouraging students not to go
to this rally— WES BELLAMY: Oh, OK. AMY GOODMAN: —concerned about violence. WES BELLAMY: Yeah. Well, I believe that I have a ton of respect
for— AMY GOODMAN: To protest it. WES BELLAMY: Yes, I have a ton of respect
for Dr. Sullivan. And I agree. You know, if some individuals choose to not
attend the rally, that’s their choice. But one thing that I believe that is important
for us to all understand is that we have to allow people to express themselves as they
want to. The same way that Mr. Kessler has the opportunity
and he has the right to be able to express himself, other individuals have that same
right. And if they choose to go to the rally, I don’t
want to get into a position in which I’m telling people don’t go and say anything,
don’t go and counterprotest, because what we saw from the event that occurred on July
8th is that there are a lot of people from different persuasions, that are professors,
that are people who live in the community, that are people who normally never protest,
can be meek, and they can be solemn. We have clergy people. All feel as if it’s important for them to
voice their opinion and voice their opposition. So, again, I don’t want to get into a point
in which we tell people not to do so. As for Mr. Kessler, he is who he is. I don’t have any ill will or anything to
say towards Mr. Kessler. I actually went to church yesterday, and we
had communion, and I forgave Mr. Kessler. So, I mean, he is—he is free to do what
he wants to do. But as far as I’m concerned, we do have
an obligation and a duty to keep people safe and make sure that everyone is protected. But I do want to encourage people, if you
want to stand up and you want to speak out, in whatever way you choose to do so, I respect
you, and I empathize with the fact that you want to do that. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, you’ve been having
several meetings of your council to try—closed-door meetings, largely, to try to figure out how
to handle the events that are coming up this Saturday. There was some talk of possibly moving the
rally. What’s been some of the discussion that
you’vehad behind closed doors? WES BELLAMY: Well, legally, we can’t—we
can’t discuss anything that we’ve been talking about behind closed doors or in any
of our closed sessions. Sorry about that. AMY GOODMAN: And this question of selling
the statue or removing it? WES BELLAMY: Well, in regards to selling the
statue, what we agreed to do was create a RFP, request for proposal, after the injunction
is over, for individuals—or, excuse me, for entities—it’s a very nuanced language—who
may be, for example, the Parks Service or a locality or a museum or things of that nature. They will have the opportunity to be able
to purchase the statue. And it’s not necessarily an auction, but
some people have been describing it as an auction. The thing is, is this: We don’t want to
desecrate or dismantle or disrespect the statue in any shape, form or fashion. I don’t have any personal problems with
Robert E. Lee. He is who he is, and I am who I am. But what we do believe is that that statue
doesn’t belong in the middle of our downtown. Especially if we are a community in which
we’re trying to provide equity and we say that we’re one of the best places to live
in the country for all people, then we have to make sure that we maintain safe spaces
in our parks for all people. So, in terms of selling the statue or auctioning
it off, we just believe that it should be in a more appropriate place. So, if there is a Parks Service or if there
is a civil rights museum—excuse me, a Civil War museum or somewhere in which individuals
believe that they can pay the proper homage and respect to Mr. Lee through a government
entity or something of that nature, then they have every right to auction off—or, excuse
me, purchase the statue. And we’ve received several calls for it. AMY GOODMAN: Well, we want to thank you very
much, Wes Bellamy, for joining us, vice-mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, youngest person
ever to be elected to the Charlottesville City Council, the only African American currently
on that council, leading the opposition to the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville,
Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

100 comments on “Charlottesville VA Backs “Reparations” Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

  1. Woe woe woe to those that Call Evil Good & Good Evil. MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC & CNN are All Fake News that Spews Anti American and Globalist Propaganda Constantly. Even Fox News is Controlled Opposition that Spews Lies & Propaganda at Key Times to Push the Globalist Anti American Agenda. Congress passed a law several years ago that it is Now Legal to Feed the American People Propaganda & Lies. Wes Bellamy is a Racist & Cultural Marxist. Revelations 13:10, Those that Lead Into Captivity Shall Go Into Captivity. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

  2. Leave our civil war statues alone!!! You can't change the past by destroying our history. It represents what was, not what is now. America learned a lesson from the past…go forward. Don't look back. Every American IS equal in God's eyes. Work together to fix things. Don't fight and keep stirring up the dirt to keep this could try in conflict.

  3. Here a bit of history for you lil keyboard warriors.
    Fact 1. First slave owner in the USA was a black man named. Anthony Johnson
    Fact 2. North Carolina’s largest slave holder in 1860 was a black plantation owner named William Ellison.
    Fact 3 The Civil War was not only about slavery.
    Fact 4 many slaves were able to hold down jobs, own business and own real estate.
    Fact 5 Abraham Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN
    Fact 6 1830, 3775 free black men owed 12,740 black slaves
    Fact 7. Native Americans owned slaves too
    Fact 8 The Irish were also slaves but the difference is they aren't stewing over it
    This is the history no one teaches in school because the Democrats wants the black folks to feel like victims. Do yourself a favor, do some research and stop watching stupid crap. the democratic party you are fighting for is the same party that was created in the south, created the KLU KLUX KLAN, didn't want women to own property, didn't want women to vote,did not want to end slavery should i keep going??? By the way, REPUBLICAN PARTY FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHTS WOMEN AND BLACKS HAVE. BTW Abraham Lincoln was guess what a REPUBLICAN!!! This is the stuff the lovely DEPT OF EDUCATION LEAVES OUT OF THE TEXTBOOKS.

  4. You could see that All of the Media including Controlled Opposition Fox News was Misreporting All of this and Blaming the so called Alt Right & White Nationalists for Any Violence, while it was Clearly Antifa & BLM that was Bussed in & Paid by Soros which Started Violent Clashes like they always do!! And the MSM Reports their Lies in a Vacuum like Antifa & BLM has No Clear History of Instigating Violence like at Berkley. I'm sure there are some Racists on Both sides, but Antifa is Filled with Violent Cultural Marxists & Racists Paid to Attack Patriots & Burn USA Flags. Antifa & BLM is Anti American, Anti Freedom & Anti Christian. Yeshua is the Bright Morning Star and the Light of the World. No One comes to the Father except by Belief in Christ. Luke 9:20; {Yeshua}, He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. Your Days are Numbered Antifa, BLM & Soros Scum!!

  5. If New York would sell Central Park to a developer they would have billions to spend on diversity training, abortion clinics, sex education, and prosecuting hate crimes. I say, go for it!

  6. So they want Americans to pay blacks for never being slaves?

    I guess the 600.000 deaths from the civil war and full citizenship, 40 acres and a mule, and their own country in Africa wasn't enough payment? Those black ancestors were literally paid already, how many times are white people going to be forced to do this?

    Now we have affirmative action placing less qualified blacks ahead of everyone else, including non whites. Wake up America, evil people are taking advantage of you and robbing you blind.

  7. didnt white people end slavary? or did the blacks free themselves?didnt
    they teach blacks in their black history bs classes?news flash whites
    ended slavery around the world the only places that still have slavery
    is muslim countries and parts of africa thats right black slave owners
    in africa so all you racist ass black people if you dont like america
    and you want to hate white people guess what your free .. to
    leave….dont start a war you wont win just saying

    Excerpt s
    *When France and Britain outlawed slavery in their territories in the
    early 19th Century, African chiefs who had grown rich and powerful off
    the slave trade sent protest delegations to Paris and London. Britain
    abolished the slave trade and slavery itself against fierce opposition
    from West African and Arab traders.*
    According to Basil Davidson, celebrated scholar of African history, in his book The African Slave Trade: "The notion that Europe altogether imposed the slave trade on Africa is
    without any foundation in history … . Those Africans who were involved in the trade were seldom the helpless victims of a commerce they did not understand: On the contrary, they responded to its challenge. They exploited its opportunities."
    *When Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807," he has written, "it not only had to contend with opposition from white slavers, but also from African rulers who had become accustomed to wealth gained from selling slaves or from taxes collected on slaves passed through their domain. African slave-trading classes were greatly distressed by the news that legislators sitting in Parliament in London had decided to end their
    source of livelihood.*
    *As Thomas Sowell, a black conservative American scholar, has pointed out the efforts of the European nations to wipe out slavery have been virtually ignored. "Incredibly late in human history", he writes, "a mass moral revulsion finally set in against slavery – first in
    18th-century England, and then during the 19th Century, throughout Western civilisation. But only in Western civilisation … Africans, Arabs, and Asians continued to resist giving up their slaves. Only because Western power was at its peak in the 19th Century was Western
    imperialism able to impose the abolition of slavery around the world – as it imposed the rest of its beliefs and agendas, for good or evil."*

    Slavery was a crime committed by every race at one time or another. It was whites that ended it in most parts of the world. AFRICA was the exception because they embrace slavery. Slavery STILL exists.
    How about $5,000 reparations, a free trip to Africa and all blacks renounce their American citizenship? I didn't think so.

  9. I and my entire right wing members will stop this demand and any white civil government that goes along with the black demands will suffer. Pay the whites back for all the money the whites have given you for free housing, food stamps, afframitive action and everything else we have given you. Then after that, we might sit down and talk, but not until then.

  10. Everyone is guilty until proven Marxist and must pay the jew tax or be shipped off to Goolags of the silicon valley.

  11. There is a movement to remodel Mt Rushmore and rework the carving to include A black leader and female leader.

    One must be a Jew.

  12. People who got maced at this and other protests should file CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST BLM management and their financier SOROS.

  13. The speaker is open racist. "I don't want equality (equal opportunity). I want equity (robbing people I dislike, pocketing their money, and using some for my pet racist projects). This is real racist scumbag!!!

  14. MY family wasn't even IN this country during the years of slavery. I have absolutely NO "guilt" about Blacks being held as slaves and I feel the government's move to tax ME to give MY money to our Black citizens for reparations is an outrage. ANY politician who advocates such an abomination should be removed from office.

  15. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of the working classes. It has become the party of:

    – Black Minorities who want MORE welfare and reparations.
    – Mexican Minorities who want MORE free passes into the USA.
    – Gay Minorities who want MORE access to male and female public restrooms.
    – Misandrist female Minorities who want MORE vaginas in positions of power.

  16. i want my modern day reparations for having to put up with this bullshit…nobody is entitled to shit its 2017 make something of yourself. pathetic

  17. Looting has now become legal. During Hurricane Katrina it was just T.V.s and stereos, now its government-sanctioned.

  18. He said he knows history, but he wants to strike it from the history books. History is not pretty, and it's just that..HISTORY. America was founded on these principles, its important to learn them.


  20. white supremacy should be hunted down by all real American to stop these people once and for all. it has been time to get rid of white are black racism. if whites don't stop are shut down the alt-right, white supremacy. skinhead.kkk they will lose this country to those people. that is why these racist white been blaming blacks and other races so that can brain wash white to control the country


  22. These MARGINALIZED BLACKS are not victims they are CAREER WELFARE LEACHES and I demand that every handout and freeby and subsidized housing and food stamps and free health care BE GIVEN BACK TO TAXPAYERS WHITE AND BLACK who have been paying for these freeloading drugdealing over-populating leaches.

  23. Reparations my ass! They have been getting god dammed welfare for more than 50 years now? By the way change the title of your station to communism now because you have nothing to do with our republic and democracy is nothing more than mob rules which is communism! I have never seen fair and balanced reporting on this station! Why would you want to live in a Democracy ? You have no rights in a Democracy and it's just as oppressive if not more than a dictatorship! Just imagine if the social left gets it way this country will over and you will be a part of the cause for its down fall! You people should be ashamed of yourselves!

  24. Awesome, lets destroy all of the statues, anyone out there by a martian luther or malcolm x or any black monument destroy that racist shit…People who didn't stand up and bitch when obama and beyonce supported and promoted the black panthers and al sharpton when the black preacher was saying time to kill white people, need to sit down and stfu, if you couldn't stand up to racism and injustice then you have no right to spew shit from your lips now.

  25. Of course you are looking for trouble removing the Robert E. Lee statue. What do you think would happen if we took down the Marten Luther King Jr statue ? WW3

  26. Wes wants a fight, he's going to get more than he can handle, The left has been calling out gods people for far too long, New there're here, let's do this and get it over with, Most American's want to make America great again, If we have to break some eggs to make it happen they will.

  27. Lol look at his earrings. What a strange person. He should put a bone through his nose too. Then he go roam the Serengeti and won't need reparations.

  28. Wait, don't we have welfare support already? That has been in place for decades for the poor who need help. What about the White Poor who need 'equity'?

  29. Black live matter is racist too and terrorist?
    La raza(the race) mexican group is racist too and terrorist?
    CAIR (muslim group) are also racist and terrorists?
    LGBT are RACIST and terrorist?
    IF Caucasian European background are what you say….
    I do believe EVERYONE have the right to celebrate their heritage…

  30. *Middle of OUR DOWNTOWN* Who's downtown is it? Safe Spaces? Grow up. If people can deal with history how can one deal with the present and future? This is racism.

  31. This is disgusting. All future generations of Americans will now be deprived of the ability to appreciate a legitimate and crucial part of American history by removing this statue; all because this "sensitive," dopey generation can't handle the sight of a bronze likeness. The left always showboats around as the "anointed ones;" acting with everybody's best interests at heart, but can't see past their giant collective schnoz on how they are actively destroying opportunities for future generations. Virtue signalling is a disgusting, deplorable act, and now it has claimed another victim.

  32. What the heck does the civil war has to do with safe spaces, do ppl even know why it was fought? This is destruction of history , they are killing the knowledge of the past systematically

  33. It is disgraceful to me that officials would cower down to punks who want this statute removed. If you remove it, you should also remove ALL other historic background associated with your Commonwealth You, Charlottes Ville, are not patriotic. And the records should show of your cowardice actions!

  34. -African Zulus sold the defeated ancestors of Inter-Tribal warfare into slavery
    -Jewish Slave Traders, who monopolized the industry, bought the Africans to the American Colonies
    -The Wealthiest 1% of American Aristocratic Whites of Anglo-Saxon ancestry owned and profited from slave labor
    -It's today's common White Man who must bear the burden of reparations and Cultural humiliation regardless of slave ownership being in their lineage.

    Some Social Justice you're fighting for there. Whites have paid enough reparations to Blacks by allowing them to stay in a Country they could never lived in if it were up to Blacks to build it.

  35. Reparations would be hard to distribute, Some slave families were in this country since the 1600s, others came as late as the 1820s and would have only been slaves 40 years when the Civil War freed them. Also, how would you know if someone is claiming reparations and their family was free blacks. We are so far beyond the time and many even claim that many of the programs that have been aimed at helping blacks for generations are reparations. I would not want to be the one deciding how to do the impossible.

  36. Well I am glad my distant grandfather's statue is not to be destroyed. Here is an idea. Why not Sell it to the Son's of the confederacy at a very reasonable price…… or donate it to them or the relatives of Robert E. Lee. Only proven relatives. He lost so much in finances that he was penniless. When I ask anyone what would any relative inherit from him they say the only thing that the government did not take and created. Arlington National Cemetery……. so just an idea.

  37. Well if you try and remove a peace of history like this. You get angry people. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why things happen the way they did.

  38. Wes Bellamy appears to be a Muslim who wants to take away the identity and heritage of the South. He talks about selling the statue and the proceeds going to the interest of black people to make reparation. What about all the white Confederete soldiers who gave their lives in the Civil War. Taking down this statue and selling it is despicable. If we can't have Robert E. Lee who is a hero to the South, maybe we should take down the statue of Martin Luther King as he is the hero to the black community and he did commit adultery on his wife. The statue needs to be returned to its original platform even if we have to go to the Supreme court.

  39. Legally they can't discuss what they are meeting about behind closed doors?? City council holding private meetings. I thought they served the public but that's how it is today. And auctioning off the statue… Really tells it.

  40. Just to let everyone know what I heard-The statue of General Lee , white heritage,was to be sold and the money re-distributed in reparations to all the blacks of Charlottesville. If this is true and it happened, it would set a precedent for cities all over the country.

  41. Well I guess they aren't part of the US anymore then! Because BLM cultural marxists hacks aren't getting anything from me except for lead perhaps. Oh and the media /MSM is lying to you again. Yes they are suppressing video footage of the leftist protesters attacking the car first with a baseball bat . 😂 Yeah those "peacefull" Soros paid hacks made it happen . IF you don't believe me search for it or the footage is up in my channel. .

  42. Reparations for what ? Seriously the best definition of "White privelege " Is being held accountable for the actions of long dead ancestors, most likely not even your own , By those who refuse to hold their own offspring responsible for their own actions !

  43. Vice Mayor – what the hell is that? Someone in the same income bracket as the manager of lemonade stand. Equity normally refers to something that is EARNED – a concept likely foreign to the "Vice" Mayor of the thriving sophisticated metropolis – Charlottesville. Its beautiful but not exactly a BIG CITY. Regardless I think its amazing that so many people who've never done a reals day work in their lives, let alone anything remotely tantamount to that of a Slave sure do not mind exploiting that fact for their own gain – reparations, please, when Vice Mayor Insignificant does even ONE days work as a Slave then we'll talk.

    Removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from a Virginia anything is pretty stupid. Why not burn down Mt Vernon? Geo Washington had slaves… why not destroy Washington and Lee University too while you're at it. Maybe while rewriting history you can change its name to Maxine Waters and Elijah Cummings University – of course the enrollment and tuition would drop significantly. Apparently anyone who doesn't coddle these cry babies is a racist – mercy me! Hey idiots, keep throwing the word racists around every time you dont get your way and you've succeeded in reducing that term to nothing but perfunctory in importance like have a nice day, which is a shame when real racism occurs.

  44. I cannot believe three people died because of this statue I wish I lived close to there I would I went there with my Sawzall and took it down myself

  45. All they're doing is embolding the KKK. They're recruiting heavy now. Antifa is in over their heads and don't even see it coming.

  46. Wouldn't it be cool if liberal Democrats would organize an effort to have a real 9-11 investigation.

    If Osama bin Laden did not do it, then who could it be ?

    Without a real investigation, nobody will ever know……for sure.

  47. Lies Lies Lies
    Robert E. Lee rejected the idea of Confederate monuments, saying they 'keep open the sores of war' “My conviction is,” Lee wrote, “that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the Country, would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment; & of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour.”
    He reiterated these feelings in another letter three years later:
    The second came in 1869, when Lee declined an invitation from the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association to help mark the positions of the troops in that 1863 battle with granite memorials.
    He responded that his “engagements will not permit me to be present.” But even if he were able to attend, he added, he thought it “wiser … not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.”

  48. General Robert E. Lee (believe it or not) never really cared about slavery. In fact he fought for his state not because he wanted to continue slavery in the country. Do your history.

    P.S. I am not trying to favour the Confederacy, I'm just trying to say that the irony of these protestors is retarded.

  49. To all reparations advocates: your efforts are counterproductive to your own interests and the interests of African Americans in general. Be an adult and stop demanding money for crimes committed against other (dead) people. Hhhhhhh.

  50. Is it true that nancy pelosi's father dedicated a statue to Robert E.Lee and one to Stonewall Jackson? If so, they must have felt differently about the Confederacy? I loved the speech he made too.Also, what is it they say about the president's father?

  51. The park itself has been renamed Emancipation Park, so why is Gen Robert Lee's statue still standing there? Gen Robert Lee had absolutely nothing to do with the Emancipation Proclamation. His statue needs to be removed and replaced by a statue of Pres Abraham Lincoln— the man who issued the Emancipation Proclamation!

  52. A relatively small group of Patriots held off the evil Progressives and their professional army of ultra-violent ANTIFA at Charlottesville. They did what so many of us are scared to do and stood up against an empire of self-victimized Elitists. They held and so did the Statue. Wes Bellamy lost the War he so desperately wanted and got.

  53. Tear down the racist statues were black slaves were disrespected, its all thru Virginia , look up jim Crow Virginia

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