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Charlottesville African American museum will melt down Robert E. Lee statue for new public art piece

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By David Knowels | 7 December 2021

YAHOO! NEWS — The 1,100-pound bronze statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the center of a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., will soon be melted down and repurposed into a new public artwork.

A proposal by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center was accepted Tuesday by the Charlottesville City Council. Titled “Swords Into Ploughshares,” the project will see Lee’s statue re-created into an entirely new form following input from the community.

The center’s executive director, Andrea Douglas, said in a video that the goal of the project is “to create something that transforms what was once toxic in our public space into something beautiful and more reflective of our entire community’s social values.”

In February 2017, the city of Charlottesville voted to remove statues of Lee and Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson. In protest, a group of white supremacists organized an Aug. 11-12 rally called “Unite the Right,” which saw white nationalists marching through Lee Park and the campus of the University of Virginia chanting, “Jews will not replace us.” […]

3 Comments on Charlottesville African American museum will melt down Robert E. Lee statue for new public art piece

  1. Melting down the bronze figure of a notable historical figure like Robert E. Lee is an outrage. Lee has absolutely nothing to do with the social political climate of today. And certainly not with the George Floyd incident, no matter what the real story is behind his death. No, this is a continuation of the take down of white America with the cooperation of an enormous cross section of the corrupted political landscape.

    • I couldn’t even finish reading the rest of the article over on Yahoo – I’m not a big enough sadist at this point, quite honestly. It’s more of the same ol crap anyway, wash, rinse, repeat.
      What sickens me more than anything else with this kind of story – well, this is pretty much the case with ALL of these kinds of stories – these are all things being done – very REAL THINGS, based on BS!!! “They” can’t fight fair, “they” have never been able to fight fair, so “they” do what “they” always do, fight dirty.
      Isn’t there a quote, something along the lines of “through deception, though shalt make war”, or something close to this?
      I love my race but I also know my race isn’t perfect – but they have completely thrown out any semblance of a level playing field with the disgusting propaganda they are wielding over the duped masses, and it is making things a lot harder.

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