Ironically, now that the Robert E Lee Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia has been given proper context via the wonderful street art, it sends a much more powerful signal to visitors that Richmond is moving away from the white supremacist rule then if it were removed and replaced by a patch of grass and a couple of trees.

The Robert E Lee Monument in Richmond Virginia photographed for the Voice of RVA and RVA News by Carl Denham

The Robert E Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia

Right now the Lee Monument in Richmond Virginia sends a visual message that cannot be ignored and if the Lee Monument were removed from Monument Avenue there would be nothing left but a seething vacume.

The Robert E Lee Monument in Richmond Virginia photographed for the Voice of RVA and RVA News by Carl Denham
Lee Monument by Carl Denham

There are those who say that Central Virginia is no longer held in the group of fear by white supremacists.

Their evidence for that ridiculous claim is the fact that for two decades the mayor of the city has been a person of color.

The Voice of RVA reminds those people that for much of that 20 years, even though the Richmond City had a black mayor, it was largely the white power structure still pulling the strings.

The 6th Street Marketplace debacle is a case in point.
It was more a creation of the Main Street White Cabal than it was the black community, even though it was a black mayor who ultimately took the hit for it’s failure.

In any case, even though the white supremacist community is not currently in charge, they still think the are and there is still a substantial number of them active in the area.

This is especially obvious in the surrounding counties.
It does not hurt to send the message that this is no longer their world

VoRVA is saying that the Robert E Lee Monument now has a context that it lacked in the past.

It may ultimately be determined in the courts that the Robert E Lee Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond Virginia cannot be removed.

But as long as this colorful and powerful street art is intact, Old Bobby Lee will still be sending a powerful message to the residents and visitors that the decent Citizens of Richmond Virginia are no longer solidly under the thumb of the white supremacist community.

A significant development in a city whose claim to fame (and great shame) is that it was once the Capital of the Confederacy and a hot bed of treason and sedation and repression.

The Robert E Lee Monument in Richmond Virginia photographed for the Voice of RVA and RVA News by Carl Denham
Lee Monument by Carl Denham

(As an aside, Andrew J Hamm asked of the Voice of RVA on Facebook if the same benefits would result if the image of Robert E Lee was removed but the pedestal remained as a canvas for local expression.

VoRVA’s answer was this.

“That’s a possibility.

Local residents would certainly understand the significance and the message but would visitors to the city who are not familiar with the history of Monument Avenue get the point without Old Bobby Lee atop the structure?”

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