By: Kelton Brooks
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled unanimously to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which stood in front of the state’s capital.
The justices stated, “values change and public policy changes too” in their 7-0 decision. The Gen. Lee statue has become a symbol of racial injustice. Testimony from historians during the ruling said the statue stood for the white citizenry’s defense of a pre-Civil War life that depended on slavery and the oppression of Black people.
The figure stands at an enormous 21-foot height. The city plans to cut the statue into pieces and transport it to an undisclosed storage site.
The city of Richmond has removed more than a dozen other pieces of Confederate statues. There is an ongoing process nationwide to remove Confederate statues since the murder of George Floyd.
“Democracy is inherently dynamic,” wrote Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn wrote. “Values change and public policy changes too. The Government of the Commonwealth is entitled to select the views that it supports and the values that it wants to express.”
Black lawmakers and state Senator Louise Lucas, tweeted, “For far too long, the Lee statue stood tall in our capital and represented nothing but division and white supremacy–but it is finally coming down.”
For far too long, the Lee statue stood tall in our capital and represented nothing but division and white supremacy – but it is finally coming down.
Thank you @MarkHerringVA for working to create a more inclusive
— L. Louise Lucas (@SenLouiseLucas) September 2, 2021