As demonstrations in response to the police killing of George Floyd continued across the U.S. people are tearing down monuments that celebrate white supremacy because the government is too afraid to do it.
Last night, a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis was toppled by protestors in Richmond, Virginia. Video posted online shows the statue of Davis, the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, lying on its back along Monument Avenue in Richmond. Demonstrators tore the monument off its pedestal shortly before 11 p.m., according to the Associated Press.
The toppling of the Davis statue represents the third time in less than a week that protestors tore down a monument in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) has announced that he will introduce a measure on July 1 to remove all the street’s Confederate monuments that sit on city property, which include Davis, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) also announced earlier this month that the state-owned statue of Lee would be removed from its perch on the street. However, a state judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Northam’s order in wake of a lawsuit filed over the decision.