168 Confederate Symbols Removed – American History at Risk

Hundreds of Confederate Symbols Removed - American History at Risk

(ConservativeHub.com) – The country remains divided on the significance and suitability of Confederate symbols, and attitudes appear to be changing. For instance, a July 2020 Quinnipiac University poll found that 54% of Americans supported removing Confederate statues from public spaces, with 40% opposed. Asked the same question in 2017, those numbers were nearly reversed, with 39% answering in the affirmative and 50% in the negative.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) updated its “Whose Heritage?” database on Tuesday, February 23. The SPLC has monitored efforts to remove symbols dedicated to the Confederacy since 2015.

Its report found that 168 Confederate symbols were removed or renamed in 2020. Of those, 94 were Confederate monuments. That figure represents a massive increase from recent years. A total of only 58 monuments were removed from 2015 to 2019.

The SPLC drew a connection between George Floyd’s death in police custody and the removals. The SPLC confirmed that public officials took down more than 160 Confederate symbols since his May 25, 2020 death in police custody.

More than 2,100 Confederate symbols remain on display nationwide. Of those, 704 are monuments. The operative question remains: Should communities continue removing these historical items from public display?

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