Hyer's Highlights: The Conferedacy
Benji Hyer replies to a listener from New Orleans in support of the removal of confederate statues...
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The protests in Charlottesville were at their heart in relation to the proposed removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, an American general known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.
The recent debate – often violent – regarding the removal of Confederate monuments has taken the United States by storm.
Decisions by local governments to remove those memorials serving as an offensive reminder of America’s history of slavery and racial oppression has triggered a backlash from a vocal group of Americans who see this as an attempt to subvert their history and culture.
President Donald Trump waded into the debate on Thursday, tweeting that the controversial monuments are “beautiful” and bemoaning that their beauty would be “greatly missed” from cities. Maine Governor Paul LePage added on Thursday that removing them would serve simply to whitewash history.
Eligh is a first time listener to the show, messaging in from New Orleans. He is a descendant of a New Orleans resident whose name was on one of the statues taken down in that city. But Eligh is completely supportive of the removal, as is his brother who shares his name with the one on the statue.
Here is Eligh's message in full and Benji's subsequent response.
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Benji Hyer on the Confederacy
Benji Hyer responds to listener Eligh from New Orleans who is in supportive of the removal of Confederate statues in the United States. (4 minutes)