The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States

*This event will be livestreamed on ACLU Facebook and YouTube channels as well as peoplepower.org*

Join us for a special one-hour livestreamed event from Seattle, where the ACLU’s top expert on racial justice issues will discuss the dark history of Confederate symbols and monuments across our country, and outline what each of us can do to better learn from our history. Since the violence in Charlottesville last week reminded us that white supremacy and racism are still very real in modern-day America, our nation has watched President Trump express sympathy with the goals of Neo-Nazi protesters who wanted to prevent a Confederate statue from being torn down. He’s claimed he wants Confederate statues to stay up because we need to understand history, and during this live stream, we’ll hear why that could not be further from the truth.

The ACLU’s Jeffery Robinson will talk about why Confederate statues and monuments were erected during the Reconstruction era, how they are monuments to slavery and white supremacy, and lay out why removing them from our public spaces is a critical step towards rooting out racial injustice. We’ll dive into what these symbols really mean and how they’ve been used by politicians to rewrite history and incite racial violence. And at the end of the live stream, we’ll invite viewers to get involved in a national effort led by Color of Change to remove Confederate statues from communities all across the country.

For many of us, the violence and display of hate from white supremacists in Charlottesville was a wake-up call for our nation. We hope you’ll join us for the livestream on Thursday to discuss one way we can move forward in combating systemic racism.