WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of New Orleans will take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday.
This most recent purging of Civil War historical leaders is just one of many.
In a related story, the NAACP, the nation’s largest African American activist organization, is pressuring the governing body for college sports to cancel its tournaments in Mississippi because a portion of the state’s flag contains the Southern Cross emblem associated with the long-dead Confederate States of America.
The Magnolia State is the last state with the Confederate emblem on its official flag, and the NAACP wants Mississippi punished for that fact. It is an emblem that NAACP president Derrick Johnson calls a “racial hate symbol,” the Associated Press reported.