“If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down,” Timberlake, a native Tennessean, said Monday on social media. “But let’s remember: Removing these statues does not erase our country’s vile history of oppression — removing them is a symbol of respect for Black people in America and it’s a step towards progress and actual equality for all.”
American Civil Liberties Union, which notes that the 10 states with the highest numbers of monuments honoring slave holders and members of the Confederacy accounted for a large number of lynchings — 4,000 — between 1877 to 1950.
voted unanimously to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln that features a freed Black slave kneeling at the former president’s feet. Some statues have been toppled by protesters, such as one of Jefferson Davis, once the president of the Confederate States of America, in Richmond, Va., last month.
NAACP and Color of Change.