Commission blows its opportunity | Richmond Free Press


I have three quick thoughts about the Monument Avenue proposals.

First, all these assumptions that laws prevent us from moving the monuments are stupefying to me. The General Assembly statutes, born of racial intent, can be changed easily compared to the mammoth legal chains overcome by our civil rights heroes. A conscientious Richmond City Council can devise a path to removal that is both bold and reasonable.

Second, beware the promise of grand new monuments to more deserving citizens of our community. Richmond does not act quickly. Not one private dime has been raised for the deserving “Devil’s Half-Acre” site. I suggest our focus be on a slave education site in Shockoe Bottom, funded at least at the levels of the new Institute for Contemporary Art or the American Civil…

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