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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #30 on: December 24, 2020, 10:33:05 pm »
Christmas victories:

The bronze statue of Edward Douglass White Jr., until recently the only Louisianan ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court but one who fought for the Confederacy and upheld racial segregation laws, disappeared Wednesday from its pedestal on the steps of the state Supreme Court building in New Orleans.
White, a Louisiana native who died in 1921, fought as a teenager for the South in the Civil War and afterward took part in the Battle of Liberty Place, an armed White supremacist uprising that in 1874 briefly wrested control of New Orleans from the Reconstruction-era government. His tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court, from 1894 until his death, saw him vote in the majority in Plessy v. Ferguson and several other infamous decisions upholding Jim Crow racial segregation and stripping Black Americans of civil rights.
White grew up in a prominent Thibodaux family of slaveholding sugar planters. His father and namesake, Edward Douglass White Sr., was governor of Louisiana from 1835 to 1839 and served nine years in Congress.
"We’re happy to see that it's no longer in public view but also disappointed they would have the temerity to put it inside to try to satisfy those who want to celebrate its White supremacist history," said Malcolm Suber, one of the leaders of the activist group Take 'Em Down NOLA. "We don’t think he should be honored in any kind of way, so we will continue our fight."
A separate statue of White in the U.S. Capitol in Washington also has also been slated for possible removal. In July, the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to boot statues and busts of numerous prominent Confederates and other proponents of slavery — a list that included White, although the details of his military service are hazy — from the building.

I like Suber's attitude.

And then there's this:

The North Carolina Supreme Court has announced plans to remove the portrait of Thomas Ruffin, a former chief justice who was a slave owner, from one of its walls.
Ruffin, who owned slaves in the 1800s and served on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1829 to 1852, firmly believed owners held absolute power over those whom they enslaved. He once wrote slave owners should not be convicted of assault or battery against their human property.
Earlier this year, a smaller portrait of Ruffin was removed from another courthouse, as was his statue from the entrance of the state’s Court of Appeals building, which was once named after him.

Ruffin has been described as “particularly brutal in his ownership of slaves.” During his time serving on the North Carolina high court, he overturned the conviction of a slave owner named John Mann, who shot a female slave after she refused his orders.

According to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, “In that case, in which an enslaved woman had been shot in the back after fleeing a brutal whipping, Ruffin rejected the notion that a slave owner could be guilty of assault or battery of an enslaved person, writing, ‘The power of the master must be absolute to render the submission of the slave perfect … This discipline belongs to the state of slavery.’”

Destroying Homo Hubris is what Christmas should be about: