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Tackling systemic racism – Opinion: The city’s Lost Cause statues are all gone. So what now?
(Richmond Times-Dispatch) Two-and-a-half years after George Floyd was brutally killed by Minneapolis police, igniting a national wave of social justice protests that washed over the public conscience and seemingly every American city — including Richmond, where protests spanned for days on end in the summer of 2020 — the last of Richmond’s Lost Cause icons has finally been toppled and removed.
After a lengthy court battle, the bronze, sword-wielding A.P. Hill statue at the intersection of Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road, which literally stood at the entrance to Linwood Holton Elementary School, was carted off on a flatbed truck on Monday.
“This is something that commenced two years ago, when we sought out to turn the page on our Confederate history and start writing a new chapter for the city of Richmond,” said Mayor Levar Stoney, who was on site for Hill’s removal, donning a construction hard hat and a fluorescent, yellow-and-orange vest. “And today marks the last day of the last cause, the Lost Cause.”… BULLSHIT – DD