Letter to the Editor: Community meetings should stay on topic – Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rocky Mount, the issue on the table is the discussion around the Confederate monument at Battle Park on Falls Road.

The Rocky Mount City Council has directed the Human Relations Commission to have community discussions about the Confederate Monument at Battle Park. The discussion is to leave it there or move it. The reason why the council directed the commission is because of some places across the nation statues have been removed, torn down and damaged. Gov. Roy Cooper has spoken and he says the statues need to be moved to certain locations.

Some folks will attempt to make the discussion about the statue all about the Rocky Mount City Council. Actually, the Rocky Mount NAACP made a statement at the council meeting asking that the statue be removed because of recent incidents surrounding statues. (Read more)

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110 Confederate monuments removed since 2015: report – NOLA

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By The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It took generations to erect all the nation’s Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they’re being removed at a pace of about three each month.

The study — released Monday (June 4) by the Southern Poverty Law Center — shows that 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide since 2015, when a shooting at a black church in South Carolina energized a movement against such memorials.

The number — which includes schools and roads that have been renamed in California, a repurposed Confederate holiday in Georgia, plus rebel flags and monuments that have been taken down in Alabama, Louisiana and elsewhere — represents a relative handful compared with the more than 1,700 memorials that remain to hail the Southern “lost cause.” (Read more)