Majority Black Group Forms To Keep Dallas' Confederate Monuments Standing
“We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this," said a black protectionist.
August 15, 2017 at 6:48 pm
There has been a lot of controversy around the remnants of the CSA lately.
Mississippi has seen a renewed struggle about its flag, which includes the flag of the Confederacy.
And across the nation, debate over whether or not Confederate monuments should be allowed to stand has intensified.
On the heels of the Charlottesville tragedy, protesters in Durham, North Carolina even took matters into their own hands, pulling down a statute of a Confederate soldier that had stood for years in front of the city's main court.
Every movement has its critics; there are of course many who would like to see Confederate monuments stay as they are.
A new group in Dallas, Texas hopes to make sure their city's CSA statues don't go anywhere, CBS DFW 11 reports.
And this group doesn't much look like Unite the Right attendees.
No, this group is mostly black.
One of its leaders, a black former member of Dalls' city council, Sandra Crenshaw explained why she wants the monuments to remain. “Some people think that by taking a statue down, that’s going to erase racism. Misguided.”
Crenshaw and her pro-monument group are opposed by current members of Dallas' city council. Councilman Philip Kingston, who is white, is leading a campaign to remove all of the city's CSA monuments.
Kingston said that the monuments need to come down not in effort to smooth over racism, but in order to show that Dallas is a place that believes in the equality of all.
“What we don’t do is leave up a monument that celebrates the very idea that some of us are not equal to the others," he said. “These monuments distort history, they don’t teach history."
Crenshaw doesn't believe that the statues send a message of inequality, given that those they celebrate have long been in the ground. "I’m not intimidated by Robert E. Lee’s statue. I’m not intimidated by it. It doesn’t scare me. We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this.”
Crenshaw sees the monuments as being similar to Dallas' Freedman's Cemetery, a burial ground for Dallas' early free black population, and believes that removing CSA statues would hurt the community as badly as removing the cemetery would.
“I’m very, very saddened by those people, particularly the African Americans, who are leading this agenda,” Crenshaw said.
Dallas' mayor, Mike Rawlings, told the press that he will offer his thoughts on the monuments this week.