Southern Poverty: 160 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020

NEW YORK (AP)—When rioters are traveling around the United States.

Any of them, captors of the Confederate War Flags last month, didn't encounter a statue of Robert E. Lee, the most prominent rebel general.

The statue of the Lee State of Virginia was retired only weeks ago as part of Capitol's National Statuary Hall set after 111 years – one of at least 160 civic icons taken down or eliminated from the public spaces in 2020, the Southern Poverty Law Center told the Associated Press that they are expected to be published.

The Law Center, which has a crude count of almost 2,100 Confederate monuments, icons, photos, buildings and public parks, plans to reveal the most recent estimates from its 'Whose Heritage?'

"Tuesday's database.

Since 2015, after a white nationalist stormed a South Carolina church and murdered many Black parishioners, he has pursued a campaign to tear the monuments down.

"These racial symbols serve only to maintain revisionist history and the belief that white supremacy remains morally acceptable," said Lecia Brooks, the chief of staff at the SPLC.

"We therefore believe all White Supremacy symbols should be removed from public spaces."

Sometimes travelers and tourists are invited back to the United States.

A statue of Virginia's Barbara Johns, a 16-year-old black girl who went on strike in 1951 on unfair terms at her isolated high school in Farmville, is to be seen Capitol.

Her behavior lead to the integration of public schools by court in the United States, in the landmark ruling of the Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education.

Every State legislature can choose up to two delegates in the collection of the Capitol.

In December, a state committee suggested that the statue of Lee be replaced by Johns' statue.

Supporters told the AP that the legislature of Virginia almost finished up with George Washington.

Joan Johns Cobbs, younger sister of Barbara Johns, is ecstatic about the coming honor.

She is still grateful that it wasn't until January 6, that the Capitol was broken.

"You cannot imagine how sad I saw at the Capitol building what was going on," Cobbs said.

"I told myself, 'Oh, my Goodness.

I'm somewhat relieved that her statue wasn't already there." I wondered what would happen."

Lee's Capitol Monument, which was long regarded as a Black American attack, was not the only one to depict a figure from the Lost Cause, a concept that refers to a conviction that fighting the slave-holders during the civil war is just and admirable.

Jeffersons Davis, who served until he became a U.S. senator from Mississippi as president of the Confederated States of America, is one of the two presidents of the state in the Capitol.

The SPLC claims there are currently 704 Confederate monuments in the USA.

And it may be difficult to eradicate any of these monuments, especially in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee — countries in which legislatures are adopting legislation to protect these monuments.

Since the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after the white officer of Minneapolis held the knee to his throat for several minutes, the campaign to eliminate these symbols from public places was part of the nationwide racial injustices count.

Even though activists have asked for the decades to minimize Confederate flags and to erase memorials, a larger push was triggered by the arrest of a white nationalist in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015 by nine Black parishioners.

'It is dehumanizing to introduce children to whatever wrongly reinforces the notion of white supremacy and inferiority,' Brooks from the SPLC said in her speech.

This is why it couldn't be easier to remember Johns, said Cameron Patterson the executive director of Johns' legacy, Robert Russa Moton Museum.

During World War II, Johns moved from New York to live with her grandparents in Virginia Prince Edward County, where, according to her Memoirs, the segregated school was insufficient, lacked scientific labs and did not have a gymnasium.

In a protest at Moton High on the 23rd April 1951, at the age of 16, Johns led her classmates to attract the attention of the civil rights lawyers of NAACP.

The attorneys brought a criminal lawsuit and was one of five in the United States.

The Brown ruling revised the Supreme Court.

Separation was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in 1954.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the uprising of Johns.

She died at the age of 56 in 1991.

"There is a true recognition that its inclusion in the Statuary Hall collection will really provide a great opportunity for people to understand the story of Moton more fully," said Patterson.

"They're not just learning about Barbara, they're learning about her students and who she was.

They hear about others who continue to serve in this culture in conjunction with the struggle for education equity."

Cobbs, the girlfriend of Johns, agreed.

"I'm hoping it will be seen by young people as something they can emulate," she said.

"It's quite remarkable to be that young man, see an injustice and decide to do something about it."

Morrison is an AP Race and Ethnicity staff member.

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