Pulling down statues we don’t like reveals the lowered expectations of progressive politics, argues J.J. Charlesworth

By J.J. Charlesworth

Confederate-era monuments being removed in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 16 August 2017

Following the far-right protests and ensuing violence in the American city of Charlottesville, Virginia – turning on the decision by Charlottesville’s council to remove the statute of Confederate general Robert E. Lee – and Donald Trump’s flailing, bad-tempered press conference, in which he backtracked on his condemnation of white supremacist protesters to berate elements of the ‘alt-left’, the calls for the removal of historical monuments glorifying the Confederate side of the American civil war have only intensified. Unsurprisingly, the events…

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