On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, protestors in Richmond, Virginia, gathered around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and chanted, “Tear it down.”
Today [June 4, 2020] Governor Ralph Northam announced that it would be removed, “as soon as possible.” He adds, “Today, we’re here to be honest about our past and talk about our future. We have to confront where we’ve been in order to shape where we’re going.”
“In Virginia, for more than 400 years, we have set high ideals about freedom and equality, but we have fallen short of many of them.” – Governor Ralph Northam
The city is currently determining what they will do with the other Confederate statues that line the area.
“I know Richmond is going to do the right thing.” – Governor Ralph Northam
“It’s time to put an end to the Lost Cause and fully embrace the righteous cause. It’s time to replace the racist symbols of oppression and inequality — symbols that have literally dominated our landscape. It’s time to heal, ladies and gentlemen.” – Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney