How to fight ‘cultural genocide’ of Confederate monuments
A controversial monument to Confederate soldiers is set to be removed in Georgia amid concerns it could be used to glorify white supremacists.
The Georgia Historical Commission voted Monday to remove the Confederate monument from an Atlanta park that overlooks Atlanta’s historic city.
The removal came after the Georgia Supreme Court struck down a similar monument in the state’s capital in May, saying it violated the Constitution.
The state Supreme Court also ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Washington, D.C., that has stood there since 1876.
Nathan Deal (R) signed the order in June after the U.S. Supreme Court said it had no jurisdiction to rule on the state lawsuit.
The monument was erected in 1865 in Lee’s honor.
The commission said the removal would prevent future hate crimes and preserve the state history.
The state is considering legal challenges to the monument.
The decision was greeted by applause from the crowd at the commission’s Monday meeting.