"Trump: Confederate statue removals 'rip apart' American history:
President likens statues of Confederate leaders to those of founding fathers."
"Donald Trump on Thursday lamented the removal of “beautiful statues and monuments”
commemorating the Confederacy, saying that he was “sad” to see America’s
history and culture “ripped apart” by efforts to take down the memorials.
Trump finds himself increasingly isolated after defending the white
supremacists who led a march on Saturday to protest the removal of a
statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In a string of morning tweets, Trump signaled that he was standing by his
assertion that “both sides” were to blame for the bloody clashes that erupted.
Those claims drew widespread condemnation from lawmakers who accused
the president of inflaming racial tensions and drawing a moral equivalence
between activists protesting racism and bigotry and white supremacists
who carried signs with swastikas and chanted racist and antisemitic slurs."
"On Thursday, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of
the Confederate statues from the US Capitol and urged Republicans to
join Democrats in signing legislation that would see the memorials moved."
In fact, many more Confederate war memorials are being built in the USA.
"Changing history'? No – 32 Confederate monuments dedicated in past 17 years.
Trump complains that efforts to take down Confederate memorials amount to
altering the past, but numerous examples made their mark in recent decades."
"Iowa, a Union state, has three Confederate monuments, all dedicated after 2000.
The main monument there comprises three plaques on as many large
rocks in Bloomfield, the northernmost point the Confederate army reached
in the state. A Confederate lieutenant led 12 armed rangers there,
dressed as Union soldiers, on a raid that killed three local people."
"In total, there are about 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces,
according to the SPLC, which attempted to catalogue them all in 2016."
"The symbols vary: 718 are monuments, while 109 are public schools
named for Confederate leaders. A quarter of those schools have student
populations that are majority black. Ten of the schools have student bodies
that are 90% African American."
"In 2009, Waverly, Missouri, dedicated a new bronze statue to Gen Joseph O Shelby,
who was born to one of the wealthiest families in Kentucky and owned a
700-acre plantation worked by slaves. At the end of the war, he refused
to surrender and traveled instead to Mexico, leading 1,000 men to a colony
for ex-Confederates. He eventually returned to his home in Missouri."