In Richmond, the capital of the state of Virginia, protesters on Wednesday demolished a statue of the president of the Confederation during the Civil War, another monument that collapsed in the wake of nationwide protests against racial injustice.
Footage posted on social media showed the statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Pro-Slavery Confederation during the American Civil War of 1861-65, retreating from a truck as people present cheered. The pedestal of the statue was covered with inscriptions.
It stood on the way to the city monuments where the statues of some well-known Confederate figures are lined up. Richmond has been the capital of the Confederacy for almost the entire period of the Civil War. The global wave of anti-racist protests has reopened a campaign to remove statues and other symbols honoring Confederate leaders. Many Southerners protect these monuments in honor of those who fell in the war and as part of the country’s history.
They strongly oppose their removal, although they are linked to slavery and racism. On Monday, a judge in Richmond issued a 10-day order against Governor Ralph Northam’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in the city. Earlier on Wednesday in Portsmouth, Virginia, protesters removed their heads and desecrated statues that were part of Confederate monuments.
A group of protesters tore down a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in Seit Pol, Minnesota, on Wednesday. Another Columbus monument erected in Richmond in 1927 was vandalized and thrown into a lake. In the early hours of Wednesday in Boston, the head of the statue of Columbus in Boston was removed. Although Christopher Columbus hailed the discovery of the New World and its opening to the arrival of Europeans, some modern-day scholars speak of a more complex history, involving the enslavement and subjugation of indigenous peoples.