Wednesday's HOT MIC
African-Americans team up to defend Confederate monuments.
In the wee hours of this morning, Baltimore removed Confederate monuments, including statues of Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson. But other cities across the country are also planning to remove their monuments. Here's a comprehensive list.
This is my favorite story on the issue:
A group in Dallas has organized to protect the Confederate statues — and the group is mostly made up of African-Americans, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reported Monday.
"I'm not intimidated by Robert E. Lee's statue. I'm not intimidated by it. It doesn't scare me," former city council member Sandra Crenshaw explained. "We don't want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this."
Crenshaw has teamed up with some members of the Buffalo Soldier historical re-enactment group and Sons of Confederate Veterans to protect Dallas monuments. "Some people think that by take a statue down, that's going to erase racism," Crenshaw explained. She dismissed this idea as "misguided." She also defended the Freedman's Cemetery as a Civil War monument which helps heal racial wounds.
Wow. Talk about a narrative-buster.