The city of Charlottesville took down three racist statues over the weekend, including of two Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Lee’s statue was at the center of the deadly white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in 2017. Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker spoke just ahead of its removal.
Mayor Nikuyah Walker: “Taking down the statue is one small step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville, Virginia and America grapple with its sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gains.”
Charlottesville also removed a statue of 19th century explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who were involved in establishing settler-colonialist rule over Indigenous peoples. They are depicted with Shoshone interpreter Sacagawea kneeling by their side in a submissive posture. Meanwhile, the University of Virginia on Sunday took down its statue of Revolutionary War military leader George Rogers Clark, who is depicted attacking a Native American family.