Leroy N. Soetoro
2020-07-03 00:22:33 UTC
Work crews in Richmond, Va., removed a second confederate statue Thursday,
one day after Mayor Levar Stoney enacted emergency powers to have eleven
statues taken down in light of recent protests.
The monument of Navy officer and scientist, Matthew Fontaine Maury, was
pulled down by a crane as onlookers appalled.
Maurys statue followed the removal of Gen. Stonewall Jackson Wednesday.
Were transforming the landscape, removing symbols of injustice.
Meanwhile, the work doesnt stop to transform systems built on that same
hateful foundation, Stoney said in a Tweet Thursday.
Maurys monument was originally erected in 1929 on Richmonds Monument
Ave. He was an expert in naval meteorology and navigation and in charge of
the coastal and river defenses for the Confederate Army during the Civil
Stoney ordered the removal of all Confederate statues Wednesday after a
new state law granted cities and counties control over their monuments. He
further surpassed the need for a vote by enacting emergency powers, which
he was able to do as Gov. Ralph Northam has placed Virginia under a state
I have the ability to do this through my emergency powers," Stoney said
Wednesday. "I think we need to act today."
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Stoney also said that the statues needed to come down as a matter of
public safety, noting the statues that demonstrators have already pulled
down by force, and the continuous threat of the coronavirus.
"Failing to remove the statues now poses a severe, immediate and growing
threat to public safety, Stoney said in a statement. "As the COVID-19
pandemic continues to surge, and protesters attempt to take down
Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are also doing so,
the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death."
The Democratic mayor ordered the removal of 11 statues following more than
a month of protests against systematic racism in the U.S. after the death
of George Floyd, who died in police custody on May 25.
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Northam ordered the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee located on
state land in Richmond. The order has been blocked by a lawsuit and is
being challenged in court.
Virginia Republicans have criticized Stoney and Northams calls to remove
Confederate statues, but no lawsuits have been announced against Stoneys
most recent statue removals.
Richmond is no longer run by the rule of law - it's devolved into anarchy.
Stoney should resign on the grounds that his cowardice during a time that
demands leadership proves he's unfit to lead Virginia's capital.
Confederate monuments in Richmond are coming down on the same day that the
dozens of progressive bills Virginia Democrats promised and then passed
Our Commonwealth is changing for the better but this is just the first
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