Charlottesville’s Confederate memorials can come down, Virginia supreme court rules

The ongoing battle to tear down two prominent monuments to Confederate generals in Charlottesville, Virginia, has seemingly reached its end. On April 1, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that plans to remove memorials to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson could finally move ahead.

The ruling (coincidentally handed down at the start of Confederate History Month, which Virginia no longer celebrates) caps a years-long battle by residents to do away with the statues that predates the renewed social justice protests that swept across the United States and beyond last summer. It also began well before the August 2017 Unite the Right rally that saw thousands of white nationalists

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