The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the city of Charlottesville can remove a pair of statues depicting Confederate figures, ABC News reported.
The statues, which show Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, have been the subject of contention since at least 2017, when a so-called “Unite the Right” rally in the central Virginia city ended with one woman dead, as ABC noted. The Lee statue was reportedly the center of that rally, and has been the site of protests since then.
“Paying tribute to past wars”
In its Thursday ruling, the Virginia Supreme Court said the statues can be torn down, despite a 1997 law designed to protect what ABC described as “monuments paying tribute to past wars.”
The statues of Lee and Jackson were erected in 1924 and 1921, respectively, according to The Washington Times, and the justices ruled that the late 1990s law barring local governments from removing them cannot be applied retroactively.
“In the present case, the statues were erected long before there was a statute, which both authorized a city’s erection of a war memorial or monument and regulated the disturbance of or interference with that war memorial or monument,” Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn wrote for the majority, according to the Times.
Goodwyn also reportedly declared that the law “did not provide the authority for the city to erect the statues, and it does not prohibit the city from disturbing or interfering with them.”
Dems claim victory
Unsurprisingly, Democrats including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring have heaped praise on the ruling.
“I have worked hard to help remove poisonous Confederate propaganda from our publicly-owned spaces, because I believe it glorifies a false history and sends a dangerous and divisive message about who and what we value,” the AG said, according to ABC News.
“This work will continue, and I look forward to making our case for the removal of the state-owned Robert E. Lee statue before the Supreme Court of Virginia this summer,” Herring added.
It’s all about priorities
Indeed, the decision by the Virginia high court marks a huge win for the left in its effort to purge America’s history of any figures thought to be even a little bit controversial. According to The Washington Times, more than 200 Confederate monuments have already been torn down in recent years, including 71 in Virginia alone.
There is no telling what problematic era of history the left will tackle next, and it won’t be long until no statues remain, outside of those that represent the ideals that those on the left believe in.