WHAT IT IS
- In late April of 2017, workers began work on removing four statues commemorating Confederate Civil War history per the request of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
- During that same month, officials in Charlottesville voted to take down a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
- Both the mayor of New Orleans and Charlottesville state similar reasoning for the decision: what is the social appropriateness of the statues?
WHY IT MATTERS
The recent removal of the statues have sparked controversy among not only city residents but reignites conversations regarding race in the United States.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- A protest lead by Alt-Right group founder Richard Spencer on May 13th in Charlottesville was called by mayor Michael Signor as reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Crowds cheered as New Orleans removed the fourth final confederate statue on May 19th, and the fallen statues will be relocated.
- Other Southern states including Alabama and Mississippi have also made efforts to remove Confederate symbols.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- See what is next for the Confederate statues comprehensive list of parks under review.
- After years of attempts by city officials, why are Confederate statues being taken down now?