Judge upholds removal of Confederate statues at University of Texas – SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center

The Watch Dog response: I am so glad there are some folk who understand the W’s: Why were they erected? When were they erected? Who erected them? What purpose do they serve today as it relates to all races?

The halls of higher education at the University of Texas will no longer be marked by monuments to a low point in American history.

A federal judge in Austin on Monday rejected a challenge to the moving of five Confederate statues from the school’s main hall.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel concluded that moving the monuments did not violate the free speech rights of the plaintiffs to hold unpopular viewpoints, therefore the people bringing the lawsuit had no grounds on which to file suit.

“Subjective ideological interests – no matter how deeply felt – are not enough to confer standing,” wrote Yeakel, who was tapped for the bench by President George W. Bush in 2003.

The ruling is the latest to uphold the removal of Confederate monuments on public grounds. Courts have upheld decisions relocate or take down similar monuments in New Orleans, Louisville, Kentucky, Dallas, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee.


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