The Virginia authorities decided to remove busts and statues of leaders of the Confederate States of America (CSA) during the American Civil War (1861-1865) from the state legislature building in Richmond.
According to The Washington Post on Friday, monuments, including to the commander-in-chief of the US Army, General Robert Lee (1807-1870), were removed from the state capitol.
Richmond, now the capital of Virginia, was also the capital of the Confederation of Southern Slave States during the Civil War. The monument to General Lee in the capitol was erected on the very spot where he assumed command of the Confederate army almost 160 years ago.
In many cases, protesters demolished or damaged monuments to the Confederates who fought to maintain slavery in the southern states. In addition, several monuments to Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) were demolished, who is believed to be responsible for the beginning of the colonial expansion of Europeans in America and the subsequent genocide of the Indians. In Portland, Oregon, a statue of the first President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799), who owned several hundred black slaves, was also demolished. In a number of cities, local authorities themselves decided to get rid of the controversial monuments in society.
A wave of demolitions of monuments to politicians of the past, one way or another connected with slavery and colonialism, began in the United States against the backdrop of mass protests and unrest following the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis (Minnesota). The police used a harsh suffocation technique during his arrest on May 25. Floyd died afterwards in the hospital. All four police officers involved in the arrest were fired and charged.