Why monuments in the US are being taken down – BBC News

Council leaders in a Mississippi city named after President Andrew Jackson have voted to remove a statue of him, in the latest move to reconsider statues of people with ties to slavery or the Confederacy. There has been long debate around many of the statues being discussed, but it was recently ignited again after the … Read more Why monuments in the US are being taken down – BBC News

Donald Trump vows tougher measures for protesters who seek to ‘defame’ heroes

Speaking to a largely maskless crowd at Mt Rushmore, President Donald Trump said on Saturday that protesters had waged “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history” amid demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality. The sharp rebuke in a holiday address on Friday (local time) to mark the nation’s independence follows weeks of protests … Read more Donald Trump vows tougher measures for protesters who seek to ‘defame’ heroes

Trump: U.S. Faces ‘Merciless Campaign’ to Wipe Out History

President Donald Trump has accused activists who want to remove monuments to Confederate generals and other divisive American leaders of conducting “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.” Speaking at Mount Rushmore on Friday night, the president said “angry mobs are trying to tear … Read more Trump: U.S. Faces ‘Merciless Campaign’ to Wipe Out History

Statue of Confederate ‘Stonewall’ Jackson removed in Virginia, U.S.

Workers began removing Confederate statues in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday after the mayor of the U.S. city, the former capital of the pro-slavery Civil War South, ordered them taken down. Mayor Levar Stoney used his emergency powers to order the “the immediate removal of multiple monuments in the city, including Confederate statues,” his office said. … Read more Statue of Confederate ‘Stonewall’ Jackson removed in Virginia, U.S.

Mississippi becomes final US state to remove Confederate symbol from flag

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill into law on Tuesday that replaces the current state flag bearing a Confederate emblem, a gesture triggered by support across the United States to dismantle symbols of slavery and racism. The removal of the flag, a long-simmering source of controversy in one of the breakaway Southern states that fought … Read more Mississippi becomes final US state to remove Confederate symbol from flag

Mississippi will remove Confederate emblem flag

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill into law replacing the current state flag that includes a Confederate emblem, a gesture triggered by support across the United States to dismantle symbols of slavery and racism. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for … Read more Mississippi will remove Confederate emblem flag

Belgium’s King Expresses ‘Deepest Regrets’ Over Colonial Atrocities in the Congo

For the first time in Belgium’s history, a reigning king expressed regret Tuesday for the atrocities carried out by the former colonial power when it ruled over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In a letter to D.R.C. President Felix Tshisekedi published on the 60th anniversary of the African country’s independence, Belgium’s … Read more Belgium’s King Expresses ‘Deepest Regrets’ Over Colonial Atrocities in the Congo

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

Senators in the US state of Mississippi have voted to replace the state flag, the last in the nation to display the Confederate battle emblem. The Bill now goes to Republican Governor Tate Reeves to be signed into law. Many see the current design as racist for its links to slavery in the South. Al … Read more Mississippi votes to remove Confederate emblem from state flag

Gerald Horne explains Juneteenth on France 24

France 24 guest: Gerald Horne, Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and author of “The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century” Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news … Read more Gerald Horne explains Juneteenth on France 24

‘End neo-slavery’: Lebanon’s ‘kafala’ system and the migrant maids abandoned on streets

Subscribe to France 24 now: https://f24.my/YouTubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 https://f24.my/YTliveEN … For several weeks, dozens domestic workers in Lebanon, who are predominantly from Ethiopia, have been abandoned by their employers in front of the Ethiopian consulate, a result of a financial crisis and, according to activists, the controversial … Read more ‘End neo-slavery’: Lebanon’s ‘kafala’ system and the migrant maids abandoned on streets

Wisconsin Activates The National Guard After Night Of Violence

Wisconsin’s governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a state senator, threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and attempted to break … Read more Wisconsin Activates The National Guard After Night Of Violence

French parliament statue of ‘Black Code’ author defaced in anti-racism protest

A statue in front of the French parliament building honouring Jean-Baptiste #Colbert was covered in graffiti on Tuesday amid a global push by anti-racism activists to take down monuments to historical figures tied to slavery or colonialism. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit … Read more French parliament statue of ‘Black Code’ author defaced in anti-racism protest

Black Lives Matter | The Problem with Robert E. Lee

In the game of falling statues, monuments to Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee are proving particularly provocative to BLM protesters. Armed activists are part of a permanent vigil around Robert E. Lee’s statue in Richmond, Virginia. They call it a constant reminder of oppression and slavery, and claim the Ku Klux Klan could … Read more Black Lives Matter | The Problem with Robert E. Lee

Protesters topple statues in US states – BBC News

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States of America and falls on 19 June. Events to commemorate the day this year saw hundreds of protesters gather in several states to topple statues associated with slavery. One was as high as 75-feet tall, and another was set on fire. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog