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At This Rate, Confederate Statues Could Be Gone In 50 Years

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter

Over 1,700 Confederate memorials remain in the United States, but if state and local governments continue taking them down at the rate they have the last three years, they could all be gone in 50 years, according to a Monday report.

Since Dylann Roof’s Charleston, S.C., church shooting in 2015, state and local governments have removed 110 or more Confederate statues around the country, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center study.

“People across the country are waking up to the reality that these tributes to the Confederacy perpetuate the idea of white supremacy and glorify a regime that supported the torture, murder and enslavement of black people,” SPLC’s Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich said. “That’s why white supremacists today continue to wave the Confederate flag. It’s time for courageous political leaders to say enough is enough.”

“I think it kind of signifies something monumental,” Beirich told NOLA.com. “I think people are finally willing to confront the history and come to terms with it.”

The memorials removed since 2015 have included monuments, flags, school names, buildings, roads, and parks. Texas has dismantled the most Confederate memorials, 31, with Virginia and Florida trashing 14 and 9, respectively. (RELATED: New Orleans Mayor Gets JFK Courage Award For Removing Confederate Statues)

The SPLC located, among other landmarks memorializing the Confederacy, 772 monuments remaining across 23 states Washington, D.C., 300 of which reside in Virginia, Georgia, or North Carolina.

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