After President Trump prepredicted that people will start going after statues of our slave-owning Founding Fathers after Confederate monuments are taken down and he couldn’t be more right , CNN commentator Angela Rye did exactly that.
CNN host Kate Bolduan asked Rye if the country’s ongoing discussion about race and white supremacy, spurred by the violence in Charlottesville Va. last weekend, is really about Confederate statues and monuments.
Rye explained that American history was taught incorrectly and celebrated only the “glories” of the country’s past but glossed over issues of slavery and racism, hence the negative reactions to Confederate monuments.
“George Washington was a slave owner, and we need to call slave owners out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not,” Rye said. “He wasn’t protecting my freedom. My ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him.
“So to me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue. They all need to come down,” she said.
“Sometimes what it is is not acknowledging that this country was built upon a very violent past that resulted in death, and the raping, and the killing of my ancestors.”
“I’m not going to allow us to say it’s OK for a Robert E. Lee but not a George Washington [statue],” Rye said. “We need to call it what it is.”
Her comments came amid a heated national debate on whether Confederate statues and monuments should be removed or kept intact to preserve part of the country’s history and culture.