Ever since the Charlottesville rally, the Confederate statue debate has heated up!

From citizens taking matters into their own hands to government officials and Confederate descendants weighing in with their own opinion, there’s certainly a lot to discuss!

Cory Booker has inserted a major plot twist, planning to introduce a bill to remove the Confederate statues from Capitol Hill, according to CNN.


There are 10 Confederate statues on Capitol Hill at stake and Booker will introduce his bill after Labor Day. President Trump isn’t down with the Confederate removal, taking to Twitter himself this morning to exclaim how “sad” it is that American history is “being ripped apart."

The president's sadness comes after cities such as Baltimore have officially removed their CSA statues, and after activist Takiyah Thompson took matters into her own hands by removing a statue herself, for which she was arrested.

The 22-year-old faces felony charges after the incident, but many feel that she is a hero. 

Prior to deleting her Twitter account, Solange Knowles applauded Thompson as well.

Additionally, Thompson has received a swell of financial support, with people creating crowdfunding campaigns for her bond fund. 

In another twist, a growing number of descendants of Confederate leaders are speaking out against the monuments.

According to the Associated Press, the great-great-grandson of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Jack Christian, said that the monument honoring his ancestor perpetuates white supremacy and that it should be taken down. 

"They were constructed to be markers of white supremacy. They were constructed to make black people fearful," said Christian. "I can only imagine what persons of color who have to walk and drive by those every morning think and feel."

Furthermore, the descendants of General Robert E. Lee and CSA president Jefferson Davis feel the same. 

"Eventually, someone is going to have to make a decision, and if that's the local lawmaker, so be it. But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence. And if they choose to take those statues down, fine," Robert E. Lee V told CNN. "Maybe it's appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard."

Bertram Hayes-Davis said to CNN, "In a public place, if it is offensive and people are taking issue with it, let's move it. Let's put it somewhere where historically it fits with the area around it so you can have people come to see it, who want to understand that history and that individual."