February 2, 2018
The raging leftist outlet Mic.com had a vision that one day, all Confederate monuments in the United States would be torn down and replaced with monuments honoring the contributions of prominent figures from the black community. Their dream is closer to reality with the launch of The Black Monuments Project.
With dozens of black celebrities and politicians on board, the push is to get statues of black heroes in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories.
“We can do better,” states the campaign. “That these Confederates are lionized in the form of at least 718 statues and memorials across the nation reflects how invested many Americans remain in affirming the white supremacy they sought, and celebrating a past where slavery defined the racial hierarchy.”
Inspired by Bree Newsome, who climbed the Confederate flag pole at the South Carolina Statehouse in 2015 to tear down the southern flag, the Black Monuments Project hopes to tear down more monuments dedicated to the historical Civil War and replace them with “black heroes… instead of the white supremacists who would see them locked in chains.”
For instance, where the Confederate flag used to fly in the capitol of South Carolina, the group would like to see a statue of the Charleston Nine — the black churchgoers murdered by Dylann Roof:
In the months leading up to the massacre he carried out at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, Dylann Roof gave himself tours of the abundant Confederate markers and slave plantations dotting South Carolina. The trip fueled his appreciation for the violence these places commemorated. Might a comparable abundance of black monuments plant a greater respect for black humanity in others?
In place of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, these activists want a monument dedicated to Henrietta Lacks, “the black woman…