Seeking ‘reparation’ from Supreme Court, NC Confederate descendants fight statue removal


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(News & Observer) Saying it’s owed reparations, a pro-Confederate group argued in front of the N.C. Supreme Court Monday that government officials in Winston-Salem improperly removed a prominent downtown Confederate statue in 2019.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy have lost several previous court arguments in this case, and the statue remains down. Even if they win Monday’s case in front of the state’s highest court, it’s unlikely the statue would immediately be put back up. Instead the Confederate group has asked for a new trial to be held over the statue’s fate, this time with more favorable facts for its side.
An important and unresolved question is who actually owns the statue — because if the Confederate group does own it, its lawyer argued Monday, then its rights were violated when the city took down the statue without giving it due process to fight that decision…
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