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  • Confederate monument stands on Chicago's South Side as questions swirl around the country

    08/17/2017 7:11:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-16-17 | Nereida Moreno•
    While a national debate over Confederate symbols in the U.S. rages this week, a monument on Chicago's South Side commemorating the deaths of 4,000 Confederate soldiers stands largely unnoticed. At Oak Woods Cemetery in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the 30-foot granite monument, called Confederate Mound, marks the mass grave of soldiers captured and held at Camp Douglas, where many died of smallpox and cholera. Topped by a bronze statue of a Confederate infantry soldier, arms folded across his chest, the monument was dedicated in 1895, with President Grover Cleveland and an estimated 100,000 people attending. Unlike many other statues commemorating...
  • Diamond & Silk CHITCHAT LIVE 8-16-17 REMOVAL OF THE STATUES

    08/17/2017 7:32:37 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 17, 2017 | Diamond & Silk
    Diamond & Silk react to the removal of the statues.
  • Al Sharpton: Defund the Jefferson Memorial

    08/17/2017 5:28:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | August 16, 2017
    New York activist Al Sharpton offered an emotional and personal case calling for the federal government to halt funding to Washington, D.C.'s Jefferson Memorial. Sharpton said America's third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence had several slaves. His iconic round-roofed memorial sits on the edge of Potomac River- the first of several monuments lining Washington's Ohio Drive. Sharpton also noted how Jefferson is said to have fathered a child with a slave named Sally Hemings. "People need to understand that people were enslaved," Sharpton told PBS' Charlie Rose. He said that his great-grandfather was a slave who...
  • As Arlington Cemetery's fills up, should Confederates make room? [yes, barf alert]

    08/17/2017 5:52:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/27/17 | Dan K. Thomasson
    Arlington National Cemetery, it seems, is running out of space. A bugler might need to play taps for the holiest and most visited of the nation's military resting places sometime around midcentury if the burial ground isn't further expanded. But oh yes, I forgot. Some space could be made in Section 16, where one can find buried Confederate dead and a memorial to those who fell trying to form a separate union. With today's full-out mania to wipe away visible Civil War history, at least the tributes to the South's heroes, perhaps some plots could be freed up by removing...
  • Confederate Soldiers are American Veterans by Act of Congress

    08/17/2017 11:13:49 AM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    Veterans Today ^ | April 14, 2011 | By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor
    .... Congressional Appropriations Act, FY 1901, signed 6 June 1900 Congress passed an act of appropriations for $2,500 that enabled the “Secretary of War to have reburied in some suitable spot in the national cemetery at Arlington, Virginia, and to place proper headstones at their graves, the bodies of about 128 Confederate soldiers now buried in the National Soldiers Home near Washington, D.C., and the bodies of about 136 Confederate soldiers now buried in the national cemetery at Arlington, Virginia.” Remarks: More important than the amount (worth substantially more in 1900 than in 2000) is the move to support reconciliation...
  • Seattle mayor requests removal of Lenin, Confederate statues

    08/17/2017 4:11:16 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 33 replies
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray expressed his displeasure in a Confederate statue Lake View Cemetery on Wednesday. Now, on Thursday, he’s officially asking for its removal. That and the removal of the Lenin statue in Fremont. RANTZ: Murray should mind his own business See his entire statement: “In the last few days, Seattleites have expressed concerns and frustration over symbols of hate, racism and violence that exist in our city. Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities. We should remove...
  • Mayor Orders Removal of Wisconsin Confederate Memorial

    08/17/2017 3:44:22 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 115 replies
    Caledonia Patch ^ | August 17, 2017 | Scott Anderson
    Wisconsin is quietly home to America's northernmost Confederate cemetery. On Thursday, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin ordered it taken down. MADISON, WI — As public officials across the country grapple with calls to take down Civil War statues erected in honor of the Confederacy's military history, the Mayor of Madison, Wis. has ordered the removal of the state's lone memorial to fallen Confederate soldiers. About 140 Confederate soldiers died at Camp Randall during the Civil War as prisoners of war, and their graves were honored in the "Confederate Rest Cemetery" within the Forest Hill Cemetery. Soglin stated he ordered staff to...
  • Stonewall Jackson's great-great-grandsons call for statue of their ancestor to be taken down

    08/17/2017 3:18:07 PM PDT · by ZagFan · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-17-2017
    The great-great-grandsons of Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson said the monument to the legendary Confederate general and others in Virginia's capital city were constructed as symbols of white supremacy and should be taken down. They added: 'While we are not ashamed of our great great grandfather, we are ashamed to benefit from white supremacy while our black family and friends suffer. We are ashamed of the monument.'
  • Rays, Lightning, Bucs donate for statue removal

    08/17/2017 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced that over $140,000 has been raised through private funds to removed a Confederate statue at the old Hillsborough County courthouse. Original Report: The area's professional baseball, football and hockey teams are helping pay for the removal of the Confederate statue at the old Hillsborough County courthouse. $140,000 must be raised within 30 days, according to commissioners Bucs, Lightning, Rays donate funds toward removal County commissioners voted 4-2 Wednesday to allow 30 days to raise private funds to move the Confederate statue. If $140,000 isn't raised, the statue will remain where it is. On Thursday,...
  • Donald Trump slams removal of historic statues as Confederate figures come down

    08/17/2017 2:49:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Sky News ^ | August 17, 2017 | Aubrey Allegretti, Political Reporter
    The US President predicts that monuments to George Washington could come down next - a claim historians say is "ridiculous". Donald Trump has said US history and culture is being "ripped apart" by the removal of statues. The President, whose intervention follows the planned removal of a Confederate monument in Charlottesville that sparked a violent far-right rally, said such actions were "foolish". He wrote on Twitter: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. "You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert...
  • Hit List: CNN Publishes Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S.

    08/17/2017 2:04:55 PM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Aug 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    CNN posted a map on August 17 showing the location of approximately 1,500 Confederate monuments and/or official symbols in the U.S. The map will, no-doubt, serve as a hit-list for the frenzied Workers World Party members and others seeking the removal and destruction of Confederate statues in city after city across America. CNN reports, “Roughly 1,500 Confederate symbols still exist on public land more than 150 years after the conclusion of the Civil War.” It explains that 718 of the Confederate symbols are “monuments and statutes.”
  • CNN’s Rye Calls for Washington, Jefferson Monuments to Come Down

    08/17/2017 1:58:36 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 37 replies
    MRC NewsBusters ^ | 08/17/2017 | Kristine Marsh
    As the left mobilizes mobs to tear down confederate statues (and peace monuments) from city-to-city, it was only a matter of time before they would be going after our Founding Fathers. On CNN Thursday morning, liberal analyst Angela Rye argued that our nation’s first president was as detestable as Robert E. Lee because he was a slave owner. “To me, I don't care if it's a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down,” she said before ranting about America’s “very violent past.” In a panel discussion with the Daily Beast’s John Avlon, journalist Farai Chideya...
  • Poll: 62% of Americans Favor Keeping Confederate Statues

    08/17/2017 2:34:02 PM PDT · by Kazan · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/17/2017 | Craig Bannister
    A new Marist poll finds that 62% of Americans believe statues of Confederate leaders should be allowed to stand. What’s more, a majority of self-identified “Soft Democrats” say Confederate monuments should remain. The survey of 1,125 adults (at least 18 years of age), conducted August 14-15, 2017 and sponsored in collaboration with NPR and PBS NewsHour, asked: “Do you think statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should?” Results for “Independent” respondents mirrored that of all respondents, while Democrats favored removing the statues and Republicans were strongly in favor of preserving them: “Remain as a historical symbol”: Total: 62% Democrats: 44%...
  • ‘Do NOT Bring Children’ Warns Texas ‘Destroy the Confederacy’ Organizers

    08/17/2017 11:50:36 AM PDT · by DFG · 172 replies
    breitbart ^ | 08/17/2017 | Lana Shadwick
    A Facebook post for a protest dubbed “Destroy the Confederacy” at Sam Houston Park in Houston on Saturday warns “*Do NOT bring children.” A group “committed to protecting Texas and Texas History,” “This Is Texas Freedom Force” (TITFF), says demonstrators plan to tear down a Confederate statue. They also warn there will be violence. The promoters of the protest tell potential attendees: “We will meet at Sam Houston Park (right in front of Houston City hall) to demand that the City of Houston ERASE THE CONFEDERACY! It is a STAIN IN THE FABRIC of our history that needs to be...
  • Woman who Destroyed Durham Confederate Statue is a Pro-North Korea Marxist

    08/17/2017 10:43:22 AM PDT · by TBP · 60 replies
    Bear Witness Central ^ | August 16, 2017 | Will Racke
    One of the activists who toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., on Monday night is a member of an extreme leftist group that supports the totalitarian regime in North Korea and wants to abolish capitalism. Taqiyah Thompson, a student at North Carolina Central University, was arrested Tuesday following a press conference in which she defended the actions of the demonstrators and equated police officers to Confederate soldiers and Ku Klux Klan members. “I did the right thing,” she said. “Everyone who was there — the people did the right thing. The people will continue to keep making the right...
  • 'You Lost, Get Over It': Phoenix Confederate Monument Decorated with '2nd Place' Banner

    08/17/2017 10:45:19 AM PDT · by Coronal · 59 replies
    KPNX ^ | August 16, 2017 | Hayden Packwood
    PHOENIX - The Confederate monument that stands at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, just outside the Arizona state Capitol, looked a little different than it usually does Tuesday evening. In addition to its memorializing of Arizona Confederate soldiers and its erectors, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the statue got a few new decorations. At the top, a ribbon hung with the words, "You lost, get over it," and at the bottom, the monuments message "A nation that forgets its past has no future" had been covered with a "2nd Place," "Participant" banner.
  • Six Flags Over Texas continues to fly Confederate flag despite controversy

    08/17/2017 10:37:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/17/2017
    Despite the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., the Six Flags Over Texas theme park stands by its decision to fly the Confederate States of America flag. The Arlington theme park was named for the six flags that have flown over the state of Texas in its history, the Confederate flag being one of them, according to TMZ.
  • Pelosi wants Confederate statues out of Capitol

    08/17/2017 9:58:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Pelosi wants Confederate statues out of Capitol By Mike Lillis - 08/17/17 12:25 PM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday joined the growing chorus of Democrats calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the Capitol. Calling the monuments a “reprehensible” symbol of a racist era, Pelosi urged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other GOP leaders to support an effort to purge the statues from the building. “There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across...
  • Madison, Wiscosnin, To Remove Monument

    08/17/2017 9:34:20 AM PDT · by myerson · 83 replies
    9/17/17. Madison, Wisconsin. Leftist mayor Madison Paul Soglin announced today that he will have the informational monument at the city’s Confederate Rest cemetery removed, the northern-most Confederate cemetery in the country. The cemetery holds the remains of southern soldiers who died while imprisoned at civil war Camp Randall, the current site of the Wisconsin Badger football stadium. The cemetery is respectfully tended and maintained, and services are held with graves decorated on Memorial Day. The plaque to be removed explains the origin of the cemetery and who lies buried there.
  • Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville

    08/17/2017 9:07:32 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/19/17 | Jessica Suerth
    (CNN)More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the Confederacy is memorialized with statues, monuments and historical markers across the United States. Some say they mark history and honor heritage. Others argue they are racist symbols of America's dark legacy of slavery. A nationwide debate surrounding this issue has been underway since Dylann Roof killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015 in an effort to "start a race war." And it flared up again after white nationalists marched last weekend to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a...