Confederate Monument Community Conversation #3 Falls Road Rocky Mount NC

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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.

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)

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)

Rocky Mount NC – Human Relations Commission Host Community Discussion On Confederate Monument At Battle Park

Read the article then watch the video, “Confederate monument draws array of opinions – Rocky Mount Telegram

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Rocky Mount The Issue On The Table Is The Discussion Around The Confederate Monument At Battle Park 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 supposed to be about to leave it there or to 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. NC Governor Roy Cooper has spoken and he says the statues need to be moved to certain locations.

Some folk will attempt to make the discussion about the statue all about the Rocky Mount City Council as if the issue around the statues began in Rocky Mount. Actually the Rocky Mount NAACP made a statement at the council meeting asking that the statue at Battle Park Falls Road be removed.

Last week there was the 1st of a series of community discussions and I am pissed because the discussion was not limited to the Confederate Monument but folk were allowed to talk about anything and everything. Poor facilitation especially at the cost of hiring a consultant.

I request that the next meeting and the future meetings be limited to the Confederate Monument. The next meeting and future meetings at the beginning of the meeting there should be some history given about the statue in question.

What is the purpose of having specific questions when the community is not going to be kept on track but otherwise allowing them to talk about other things that they say are more pressing. But at this time the HRC should be focused on the issue at hand the Confederate Monument.

I don’t fault the community for pushing their agenda but I have a problem with the HRC allowing the community to push their agenda on the HRC. I refuse to allow such because to allow the community to come in and push their agenda is a waste of my time.

We cannot get to the root of problems and effectively deal with them unless we stay on topic and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly as it relate to the statue. Anyone who cannot accept the truth then that is their problem and they need to learn how to deal with the facts.