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Arizona takes center stage in the ongoing battle over removal of symbols honoring the Confederacy.

The Arizona Republic reported that a group of African-American leaders held a news conference on Monday to call on Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six memorials honoring Confederate soldiers.

“We believe that these monuments have been erected to intimidate, terrorize and strike fear in the hearts of Arizonans, particularly African-Americans, while inspiring and emboldening white supremacists,” East Valley NAACP spokeswoman Collette Watson said at the news conference.

Strong opposition comes from the Arizona division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which vows to fight the removal, according to The Republic.

Standing with Watson at the news conference were representative from Black Lives Matter Phoenix and the Arizona Informant newspaper, as well as religious and political leaders. Watson called on the governor to “stand up against these forces of hatred and remove these symbols from public lands in the state of Arizona.”

Meanwhile, Ducey’s spokesman has declined to reveal the governor’s position, U.S. News & World Report said. He urged the Black leaders to petition the appropriate board or commission on this matter.

Speaking at the news conference, state Rep. Reginald Bolding criticized the governor for not taking a stance on this issue, The Republic reported.

“Many times at the Legislature and many times in Arizona, we hear the governor take stands on issues that he cares deeply about, whether it’s cutting taxes or whether it’s promoting school vouchers,” he said. “For the governor to try to push the buck to citizens or to push the buck to a board that he appoints is irresponsible.”

This is not the first time that Black Arizonans are addressing memorials to the Confederacy. In 2015, Bolding led the call to rename Jefferson Davis Highway.

Historically, Arizona has a minor link to the Civil War. A Confederate force briefly occupied Tucson during the Civil War, before Arizona became a state, Arizona’s state historian Marshall Trimble told The Associated Press.

According to the Phoenix New Times, White Southerners who relocated to Arizona after World War II “brought their fondness for intimidating Black citizens with them.”

Arizona’s oldest Confederate monument was erected in 1961 by the United Daughter of the Confederacy, The Tucson Sentinel reported.

SOURCE:  Arizona Republic, U.S. News & World Report, Associated Press, Phoenix New Time, Tucson Sentinel

 

Black Arizona Leaders Call For Removal Of Confederate Monuments was originally published on newsone.com

8 thoughts on “Black Arizona Leaders Call For Removal Of Confederate Monuments

  1. americanize on said:

    The white savage beast wants to keep the monuments so they can remember when they hung black folks,rape black women and black girls and black men.The worst thing that happen to Africans was welcoming the white devils to their shores.

  2. Zerkeise on said:

    “Out of sight, Out of mind”: Smithsonian, MLK Memorial, African American Museum, World War Museum, pictures in your photo album.
    Do you throw away the pictures of “Uncle Fred the murderer”, “Sister Shannon the adulteress”, “Cousin Roscoe who didn’t like white people”, or “Stephen the child molester”. Are they still hanging on grandma’s wall?

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Please name any other country that honor their fallen or traitors (enemies) with grand monuments erected in their city centers. Go ahead I’ll wait.
    Only in America do we put our hatred for our citizens out on front street for all the world to see. Bunch of hypocrites.
    Removing these status does not erase history, dummies. It’s never been about erasing history, it’s about honoring hateful enemies and intimidation.

  4. Zerkeise on said:

    “We shall overcome… The Lord will see us through…We’re on to victory…We are not afraid…I do believe…we shall live in peace, someday”. Using destruction, anger, jealousy, and vengeance to make your light shine will leave a shadow on future generations. How will they know what/how to overcome if we try to erase history. IF you have noticed, history books have changed.
    Saudia Shuler and her son Johnny…There are two victories in that story.
    Christopher Gray won 35+ scholarships, isn’t that a victory? We need more of these kinds of victories instead of wasting time with statues/land marks. If you don’t overcome, its still your fault…not the statue’s.
    “Lord, don’t move my mountain, just give me the strength to climb”

  5. Mr. Douchebag must be a Chump supporter!!!!!!

    Why do these folks wish to hold on to parts of America’s history that were so UGLY?
    When you don’t learn from the PAST–You are bound to REPEAT it!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Which explains why we now have the STATE OF HATE we are in!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jhuf on said:

      So if we get rid of all Confederate monuments of the past then the Race Baiters can retire the America stands for Slavery, Jim Crow, Racism and Lynching ? talk about the past you seem to live in

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