Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone… So I got some tea and it involves a statue getting taken down.
A Confederate statue from got removed Saturday morning from its location where the racist violence of 2017’s “Unite the Right” rally happened.
Workers used a crane to remove the statue from its pedestal. Charlottesville’s city council voted to remove both the Lee monument and another nearby depicting fellow Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, but a small group of Confederate supporters filed suit to save them. The case is headed to the Supreme Court of Virginia and could take months to be resolved.
County plus city officials had to put up metal and plastic barriers around the courthouse to keep people away from the work zone. The reason was concerns about the need to preserve social distancing to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. They urged residents to watch the event via live stream on Albemarle County social media, though more than 100 people showed up and it aired at 6:30 a.m.
Confederate statues have been falling across Virginia this year, due to protests triggered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May have put attention on the monuments as symbols of racial oppression. In Richmond, protesters pulled down a grand figure of Jefferson Davis. Mayor Levar Stoney, invoking a state of emergency in the Virginia capital, ordered another 11 Confederate memorials taken down.
An injunction challenging Stoney’s action was thrown out by the state Supreme Court because it ruled that the plaintiff lacked legal standing. Northam has ordered the removal of a titanic sculpture of Lee on state property along Richmond’s Monument Avenue, but work has been blocked because of an ongoing court challenge.