How to Think About Monuments

(Bacon’s Rebellion) The conservative movement in Virginia faces a huge dilemma: how to build a “big tent” political coalition that is welcoming to African Americans and other minorities while resisting the cultural cleansing of everyone associated, however remotely, with the Civil War, slaveholding or segregation — including founding fathers of the republic such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

The iconoclasts are full of fury, and their logic is simple: monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals, they say, were erected as symbols of White supremacy and racism; White supremacy and racism must be expunged; therefore, these figures must be removed from the public sphere. Step by step, this syllogism has been extended to any figure tainted by racism, segregation, or slaveholding. An individual’s contributions and accomplishments count for nothing. Historical context is irrelevant. Artistic and aesthetic considerations of the statuary and pedestals as adornments to public places are of no import.

Conservatives and traditionalists have been powerless to reverse the momentum. They have mounted many lines of defense…

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It’s a Memorial, Not a Racist Ideology

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(Carol J. Bova, Bacon’s Rebellion) Accounts from lawyers, reporters, pundits and other outsiders have severely distorted the debate over the Confederate memorial in Mathews County.
To The Washington Post, the controversy is about the ”enduring power of the Civil War’s legacy.”
To the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs and Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher, LLP, writing on behalf of the local NAACP, it’s an endorsement of white supremacy. “Confederate monuments were intended to assert that white supremacy would remain a dominant force of social control.”
To Mathews families whose ancestors never came home from the war, the monument in front of the county courthouse provides an enduring connection to their ancestors – a love and commemoration of family. The monument is not a political statement. …Read the rest

Judges Ruling on AP Hill Grave Expected Next Month

(When is a monument not just a monument? When the person it memorializes is buried there. That makes it a grave. Then there’s a whole lot more laws for cultural-marxists to ignore – DD)
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Richmond judge to rule on AP Hill monument removal petition next month

(Culpepper Star-Exponent) The last city-owned Confederate statue standing in Richmond could soon be moved after a circuit court judge Thursday listened to arguments regarding the city’s petition to remove it.
While the city took down the rest of its Confederate monuments two years ago, a court order is required under state law for the city to move the A.P. Hill monument at Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road because the general is buried inside its plinth.
Several indirect descendants of the Confederate officer, who are challenging the city’s plans, made their case in court Thursday. At the end of the hearing, Richmond Circuit Court Judge David Eugene Cheek Sr. said he will take the petition and arguments against it under advisement for the next 30 days.
The dispute is centered on the city’s plans to donate the monument to the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and relocate the general’s remains to Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper…Read the rest

Richmond’s AP Hill Monument called “Safety Threat?”

(anti-Southern bigots and government-supremacists will use any angle they can get – DD)
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Richmond’s AP Hill statue poses safety threat, neighbors say

(WTVR) The future of Richmond’s last standing Confederate monument will be discussed inside of a courtroom on Thursday morning.
The case between city officials and relatives of the Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill will be heard at 10 a.m. in Richmond Circuit Court. The Aug. 30 hearing was continued until Sept. 29.
The statue has stood in the middle of Hermitage and Laburnum roads on the city’s Northside for more than 130 years.
Both sides have agreed that Hill’s remains inside the statue would be transferred to a Culpeper cemetery, according to the Richmond Free Press.
However, the city wants the statue turned over to the Black History Museum that currently possesses the city’s other removed Confederate monuments.
Hill’s relatives instead, according to the paper, want the city to pay for the statue to be set up in a place of their choosing…Read the rest

Ft Smith Judge needs to be Retired. Why Arkansas has Term-Limits

(It took more than 20 years to get the monument protection act through the Arkansas Legislature. Remember, In Arkansas the County Judge isn’t a "real" judge. He’s just an elected manager for the county. There are very few who make rulings like this because they know they are easily un-elected. That’s what my FORMER county judge found out after he made a BS ruling caving to groundless threats from an atheist group over a Revolutionary War flag at our courthouse. That’s also why we have term limits -DD)
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Confederate flag does not have to fly in Fort Smith park again, judge rules
State law does not mandate return of flag to Riverfront Park (Actually it does _DD)

(SW Times Record) Just because the Arkansas History Commission ruled the Confederate flag is historic and a part of a past Fort Smith flag display at Riverfront Park does not mean the flag needs to fly there again, a judge has ruled.
A flag display at Riverfront Park in Fort Smith that was put up in October 2001 and taken down in April 2020 is set to fly flags of the five branches of United States military service. Prior to April 2020, the display was of flags from Spain, France, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America.
That was the decision from Sebastian County Judge Gunner Delay Tuesday in a hearing over whether the Confederate flag should be returned to the park where a Fort Smith attorney thinks it should be.
Attorney Joey McCutchen previously sued the City of Fort Smith for removing the flag from Riverfront Park.
The flag was taken down in 2020 before the state legislature passed the historic monument act in 2021, Delay said.
Since the flag was removed, and the city has no plans to return it to the park, there is nothing in state law that requires it to be returned to the park, Delay said…Read the rest