Stonewall Jackson’s grandsons say, “The monuments must go.”

An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.

❝ Dear Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and members of the Monument Avenue Commission,

We are native Richmonders and also the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson. As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall, we are writing today to ask for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue. They are overt symbols of racism and white supremacy, and the time is long overdue for them to depart from public display. Overnight, Baltimore has seen fit to take this action. Richmond should, too.

In making this request, we wish to express our respect and admiration for Mayor Stoney’s leadership while also strongly disagreeing with his claim that “removal of symbols does [nothing] for telling the actual truth [nor] changes the state and culture of racism in this country today.” In our view, the removal of the Jackson statue and others will necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice. It will begin to tell the truth of us all coming to our senses…

RTFA for the rest of the letter. Unlike our fake president, they know American history. They know the role their kin played in trying to destroy this young nation. They know what needs to be fought for – not denied and decried by bigots and racists.

Thanks, Danny Blanchflower

3 thoughts on “Stonewall Jackson’s grandsons say, “The monuments must go.”

  1. Tom Waddell says:

    One thing that has always bothered me about comparing “American” casualties of Civil War battles with the casualties of other battles the US fought in is including Confederates in the total of American’s lost. Sure, Confederates were Americans but they were also the enemy of the US.

    By combining US losses with enemy losses in the Civil War and comparing those numbers to “Americans” lost in other wars makes the US losses in other wars seem so insignificant. Those losses were not insignificant to US soldiers. In my opinion, and to be accurate, US losses in the Civil War should be compared with US losses in other wars.

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