Virginia Judge at Heart of Monument Takedown Fight Linked to College Op-Ed Blasting Desegregation

Four decades ago, a young man wrote an opinion piece critical of school desegregation and instant voter registration for his college newspaper. That op-ed resurfaced Friday, and Virginians discovered the author is now a Richmond judge who in recent weeks blocked the removal of Confederate monuments during the nationwide re-examination of symbols still tied to the institution of slavery.

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Confederate Monuments

The Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a suit challenging the relocation of Confederate monuments from a San Antonio, Texas, park and the University of Texas campus in Austin, finding that the Sons of Confederate Veterans and two descendants of Confederate soldiers failed to claim a particularized injury.   

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Richmond City Council Takes Aim at Confederate Monuments

In a win for civil rights activists fighting to roll back a more than 100-year-old law that has blocked the removal of Confederate monuments across Virginia, Richmond’s City Council passed a resolution Monday to petition the state’s legislature to empower cities to do as they wish with the controversial war memorials. 

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Will Franco’s Body Ever Be Removed From Spanish Civil War Monument?

Spain’s brutal fascist dictator Francisco Franco was buried inside a massive basilica shortly after he died in 1975, but the presence of his tomb at the heart of this massive monument outside Madrid honoring victims of the Spanish Civil War is the subject of one of this country’s most acrimonious political dramas.

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