If there’s been one issue that has grasped the current political sphere of America, it’s the remaining Confederate statues of generals, politicians and various other characters during The Civil War. On this issue, there are two very differing and polarizing sides, with one side saying that those statues depict individuals who were proud, racist slave owners who oppressed an entire group of people and the other side says that the statues depict history and Southern pride.

 

The protests and violence in Charlottesville last month were proof that, along with white supremacy, the controversy surrounding Confederate statues is very alive and well. What started as a protest to stop the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee descended into chaos and violence between white supremacists and those protesting their very hate-filled values.

 

Since the actions of Charlottesville, Dallas has, by order of U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater, gone ahead and moved forward with the removal of their statue of Robert E. Lee in a park in Oak Lawn. Fitzwater, who originally approved a restraining order filed by Hiram Patterson and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who cited that “the City Council had violated the First Amendment and the right to due process.”

 

Patterson, a two-tour Navy veteran living in Dallas, said that he’s not a white supremacist but that he doesn’t “believe in tearing down monuments for the sake of tearing down monuments because some people may not agree with the premise of the monuments.”

 

However, Fitzwater couldn’t find any legitimate proof of the violations of First Amendment or due process that Patterson was claiming and later dissolved that restraining order, approving the removal of the Lee statue as he did so. City officials are moving quickly on the controversial removal, with one city official stating that the removal could occur within the next few days.

 

(Dallas News)

Even with the removal getting approved, some individuals have come forward with outrage. One person to express his outrage over the removal of the statue was John Lee, the great-great-grandson of Robert E. Lee himself, who showed up to the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas this past Thursday, September 7.  

 

According to the response letter from The City of Dallas to The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dallas said that city officials will be removing the statue and “store it in safekeeping in another location until further action of the city council. Nowhere in the response were there any mentions of where the resting location of the statue would be nor were there any concrete references to destroying the monument either.

 

As has happened in multiple cities throughout the country, protests could occur in The Big D. Hopefully though, they won’t turn as violent and chaotic as the events of Charlottesville were and that those who wish to protest remain calm and peaceful.

 

What is your opinion on Confederate statues and removal of them? Tweet me @CaptainKasoff and tell me how you feel. I’d love to hear.