On Wednesday morning, a tall statue of Robert E. Lee, a general who led the Confederate army during the American Civil War in the 1860s, was removed from a prominent location in the city of Richmond in southeastern Virginia.
More than a year after Virginia Governor Ralph Norman announced plans to demolish it during national protests against the death of African American George Floyd, the 12-tonne The 6.4-meter-high bronze statue of Li riding a horse was demolished. He died while in police custody in Minnesota. Freud’s death triggered protests, calling for social and racial justice worldwide.
The governor’s plan was postponed due to a small number of lawsuits by local residents opposed to the removal of the statue. Last week, the state Supreme Court dismissed these lawsuits.
The statue was trained in Virginia in 1890 in 1890, and the capital also served as the capital of the U.S. federal state, the union of these 11 southern nations, which separated from the United States shortly after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president. The Confederacy was separated from the United States in order to retain the practice of enslaving blacks.
Critics view the statue of Li and other Confederate figures as a symbol of racism and white supremacy. Since the protests last year, the 12-meter-high pedestal on which the Lee Kuan Yew statue sits has been defaced by graffiti.