The events that took place in Charlottesville, VA last weekend has fueled numerous debates, from President Trump‘s response, his employment of individuals within the White House staff, to the current state race relations in America. But the one debate has really has really gone off the rails is the debate over statues.
The Confederate statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was at the center of the violence in Charlottesville. The removal of the statue was why thousands of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and KKK members rallied together to protest the removal and why the Antifa came to counter them. To the former, it represents Southern pride and heritage. For the latter, it represents racism and slavery.
It’s worth noting that this debate began in the form of flags. In the wake of the 2015 Charleston massacre where Dylann Roof killed nine black churchgoers during a bible study, it was discovered he idolized the Confederate flag. That reignited a long-standing national debate that led to the flag’s removal from the South Carolina’s Statehouse and to TV Land pulling reruns of The Dukes of Hazard off the air.