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Arbeidere har tatt ned dobbelstatuen av Robert E Lee og Thomas Stonewall Jackson. De skal inn på et eget område for Confedracy-statuer. Foto: Reuters/Scanpix

Volden i Charlottesville har ikke ført til noen pause i arbeidet med å rense det offentlige rom for avbildninger av personer som kjempet for Sørstatene.

Natt til onsdag ble statuer av generalene Robert E Lee og Thomas Stonewall Jacson tatt ned fra sine sokler i Weyman Park i Baltimore og transportert vekk.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told The Baltimore Sun that crews began removing the city’s four Confederate monuments late Tuesday and finished around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“It’s done,” Pugh told the newspaper. “They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”

Statuen vil bli plassert på en egen «kirkegård» for monumenter fra Sørstatene. Akkurat det samme gjorde man da Sovjetunionen falt. Man plassert kommunist-statuer på egne plasser.

Men dette er USA. Hvorfor dette hastverket? Og hvor stopper man? USAs fedre var slaveeiere. Selv George Washington var det. Skal han også ned?

En som er uenig i rensingen av historien er tidligere utenriksminister under George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice:

Asked about the value of preserving statues that honor slaveowners in a May interview on Fox News, Condoleezza Rice argued against what she called the «sanitizing» of history. «I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you’ and so I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners,» she said. «I want us to have to look at those names and recognize what they did and to be able to tell our kids what they did, and for them to have a sense of their own history.»

«When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it’s a bad thing,» the former secretary of state added. (…)

In an interview later that month, Rice addressed Confederate monuments again by remarking, «It’s not actually our heritage, it’s our history,» adding, «We as a people have thankfully moved on.»

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/revisiting-condoleezza-rices-take-on-monuments-to-slaveowners/article/2631669