Posted on August 21, 2021

The Rubble of Richmond

Bradley Moore, American Renaissance, August 21, 2021

In June 2020, Jared Taylor visited Richmond and wrote about what he saw.

Lined with trees and historic homes in the heart of the former capital of the Confederacy stood monuments to five men who served the Southern cause, as well as one erected in 1996 to the black native son, tennis star Arthur Ashe. Ashe died of complications from AIDS at the age of 49 in February, 1993.

One year ago, the statue of Jefferson Davis had just been torn down by an angry mob of antifa/Black Lives Matter protesters. The monuments to Jeb Stuart and Stonewall Jackson, and Naval Officer Matthew Maury were covered with anti-white/anti-police graffiti during the George Floyd riots.

The worst was reserved for Gen. Robert E. Lee. Erected in 1890, this statue is the crown jewel of Monument Avenue.

No one was ever punished for this vandalism. These desecrations symbolize the defeat of the civilization whites built in Richmond.

During the week of July 4th, 2020, a state of emergency was declared in Virginia because of the rioting, and the black mayor of Richmond used this as an excuse to remove the statues of Jackson, Stuart and Maury.

I recently visited Monument Avenue to see what is left. Curiously, the pedestals remain, and most of the graffiti has been scrubbed off. The statue of Robert E. Lee, however, still stands. The anti-white and black-power graffiti are untouched, and the monument is fenced off.

I hope Lee will be left as he is: a tribute to noble men who fought bravely and loyally for their nation and a monument to the spite and vulgarity of the midgets who now spit on him.

Robert E. Lee now sits his horse behind a chain-link fence.

The Jeff Davis memorial with the Davis statue removed.

At least the Davis name is still on the monument.

Some of the graffiti have not been washed off.

All that is left of Jeb Stuart. The dark surfaces cover graffiti that could not be cleaned.

Matthew Maury.

Matthew Maury.

The black tennis player Arthur Ashe still inspires black children.

The black tennis player Arthur Ashe still inspires black children.

Kenhinde Wiley

And, of course, black artist Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture stands untouched. Mr. Wiley was inspired to imitate the now-removed state of Jeb Stuart because he says he felt “terror” when he walked by it. Now that Stuart is gone and, presumably, the terror, will “Rumors of War” be removed?

The original that inspired “terror,” after the rioters were finished with it.