Statues and monuments have become the new target of liberals, spurred on by the violence over the removal of a monument to Robert E. Lee on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Liberals from around the country are making lists of historical monuments they want destroyed because they might offend someone. Here are 10 statues or kinds of statues that liberals want taken down.
1. Confederate statues in U.S. Capitol – House House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week called for the removal of Confederate statues in the Capitol while U.S. Sen. Cory Booker last Wednesday promised legislation that would get rid of them, Politico said.
2. Mount Rushmore – Vice News' Wilbert Cooper called for the removal of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, which features the likenesses of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. He said such monuments could be "incredibly dangerous for democracy, especially when the same ascendant movement that deifies one set of (white) leaders sees people of color as sub-human."
3. Stone Mountain in Georgia – Last week, in a series of Twitter posts, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Adams called for the destruction of the Confederate Monument Carving at Stone Mountain. The carving depicts Confederate president Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.
4. Jefferson Memorial – Al Sharpton, host of the MSNBC show "PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton," told talk show host Charlie Rose last week that the government should end funding for the memorial honoring Thomas Jefferson because he owned and allegedly had sex with slaves, The Daily Caller said.
5. Albert Pike Statue in Washington, D.C. – Protestors marched on the Albert Pike Memorial across from Judiciary Square last week. Pike, a Confederate general, received a pardon from then President Andrew Johnson and was a leader of the Freemasonry, The Washington Post said.
6. Confederate Statues throughout Virginia – Democratic Gov. Terry McMcAuliffe issued a statement last week calling on the state legislature to "take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings." He called the statues a "barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia …"
7. Confederate Soldiers Monument – Activists in Durham, North Carolina took it upon themselves to destroy the statue in front of the Durham County Courthouse last week, leading to the arrest of eight for various charges, two of them felonies. Rallies called for officials to drop the charges against them, Mother Jones magazine said.
8. Civil War Officer John B. Castleman – More than 150 gathered at the statue in Louisville, Kentucky last Monday calling for the bronze statue of Castleman, which was erected more than 100 years ago in 1913, to be removed, USA Today said.
9. Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument – In Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor William Bell last week ordered that the monument in Linn Park be covered up. City officials started two years ago trying to remove the statue, but the State of Alabama got involved with a lawsuit, CityLab.com said.
10. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he was removing the statues at City University of New York in a Twitter post, saying "New York stands against racism."
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