In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipalities in America are racing more quickly than ever to rid their public places of Confederate statues in an attempt to dampen white supremacy. Even individuals are tearing down statues, too, and in at least one case, trying to blow them up.
But what is the opinion of the average American? Do they believe it’s time for Confederate statues to go?
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a majority of respondents believe that the statues “should remain in all public places.” 54 percent of the more than 2,000 people polled — over 100 more Democrats than Republicans — responded that way.
As for those who think cities are doing the right thing in erasing these symbols from their streets, only 27 percent of the respondents believed that. That’s just over one in four Americans, if the representative sample is accurate.
Another 19 percent couldn’t say one way or the other. That’s a full 73 percent of Americans that either don’t agree with this mad rush to sanitize history or are at least unwilling to throw their support behind it.
Yet the push continues, with Nancy Pelosi wanting to take Confederate statues out of D.C., a gubernatorial candidate demanding the destruction of Georgia’s most prominent monument, and Rev. Al Sharpton wanting the Jefferson Monument destroyed because Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, too.
One wonders how long the demolition will continue when such a small segment of the country is in support of it. In related news, what country music legend Charlie Daniels is comparing the taking down of Confederate statues to is making liberals go berserk.