Who do you mean by “local people”? The local political commissars of racism industry?
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Richard Spencer went to Florida last night, and then some of his supporters tried to murder protesters.

“Tenbrink got out of the car with a handgun. William Fears and Colton Fears yelled, “I’m going to f — -ing kill you,” and “Shoot them.”
Tenbrink fired one shot toward the crowd. The shot missed and struck the building that was behind the people.
The Fears brothers and Tenbrink fled eastbound in the vehicle. One of the victims noted the vehicle’s tag number, and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the men driving north on Interstate 75 around 9 p.m. Law enforcement officers stopped the Jeep near the 405 mile marker. Tenbrink told law enforcement he fired the shot.”

The people of Charlottesville are not props in some kind of drama. They spent millions of dollars hosting a Nazi party that brought in people from all over the country. The Nazis that showed up killed someone. They hurt people. And you seem to think the problem is the people of Charlottesville, not the guy who decided to defend a statue by driving over human beings with his car.

And then they tried to hurt people again in Florida. You seem to think that is no big deal, that this violence is justified because of something liberals did or said. But you haven’t said what it was, other than the desire to remove some statue.

You could look up the stories about the people of Charlottesville and their feelings about the statue. Not everyone wants them removed. But many do. And they have been vocal about it for years. They have been explicit about why they don’t want statues of Lee, based on real things Lee did. They KNOW their history and they can talk about why this statue affects them.

You seem unwilling to even consider what they have said.

Here’s the deal: either we have these statues because we need them to remember our history, OR we remove these statues because we remember our history:

“The statues were erected nearly 60 years later as gifts from McIntire, who also gave the city McIntire Park for the white population and Washington Park for the black population. The statues followed a spate of Civil War monuments put up between 1900 and 1930 in both the North and South.

That period was a time of resurgence in Southerners’ pride in the post-Reconstruction era as Civil War veterans were dying off and families left destitute by the war recovered prosperity. It also was a time when segregation laws were passed and the Ku Klux Klan re-formed and membership resurged.”

Those are facts. Those statues were erected in a city that surrendered, by people who never fought in the war. You seem unable to talk about who the people represented by the statues are, what they did and what they said.

And that is good evidence for why we should not have them. If they aren’t helping us understand our history, we need to figure out what they do teach.

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