5 people who deserve to replace Confederate statues

A group rallied in Charlottesville to protest the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. As a result, violence broke out and a young woman, Heather Heyer, who had a reputation for doing good and fighting against the kind hate that fuels these racist rallies, died.

The South lost so why do we still have so many Confederate statues? They represent nothing positive and are symbols of a dated divisive ideology. Plus, when did America start celebrating losers? Baltimore instantly reacted to the controversy by taking down all of its Confederate statues with other states slated to do the same leaving a lot of empty spots for beautiful parks. Why not put up some statues of people who deserve to be recognized.

D. Watkins breaks down his top picks, including a statue of Toni Morrison placed in his local park to recognize that her words have changed worlds. He is also calling for a Jay-Z memorial to recognize that the mogul started out in the streets, but grew into an icon who created a large number of opportunities for the disenfranchised, bailed fathers out of jail for Father's Day and brought stories like Kalief Browder to the silver screen, which is arguably one of the reasons why Mayor DeBlasio was pressured to put a timeline on closing Rikers Island.

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