The 27-foot monument was, according to NCPedia, a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier standing proudly on a marble pedestal. It was owned by the United Daughters of Confederacy — a somehow totally active and real organization if you’re curious — but it caused an understandable divide between people who don’t want racist statues littering the country and those that, well, do.
The Daughters of Confederacy, which is run by a group of Southern women, say that the statues are more about “hereditary honor” than anything else — but isn’t that what family photo albums are for? Maybe we don’t need your racist ancestors decorating our public streets?
“We are grieved that certain hate groups have taken the Confederate flag and other symbols as their own. We are the descendants of Confederate soldiers, sailors, and patriots,” they said. “Our members are the ones who have spent 123 years honoring their memory by various activities in the fields of education, history and charity, promoting patriotism and good citizenship.”
Still, people want it gone.
— Jonesy (@OtherTomJones) November 20, 2019
According to Mike Dasher, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, the statue was at the center of a great divide: “The last several months have been a painful time for Chatham County. We’ve experienced high emotions, division, and even violence which have impacted residents, businesses and the overall feel of our community.”
In fact, the Country was responsible for six lynchings of Black people in its history. Today, though, 65 percent of current residents think the monument should remain.
Fortunately, the statue was taken down, despite the 65 percent. Crews worked overnight to dismantle and remove it. They returned it to the Daughters of the Confederacy. Good riddance!
Why do we build monuments to the traitorous losers?
— Brian Slosek (@upstateBrian) November 21, 2019
A Chatham resident told the News & Observer, “I don’t think this is about taking down a monument to eradicate hate. It’s about taking down the pain that symbolizes these monuments. That pain exists on both sides. … I think this will help everyone take the next step forward.”