City Takes Away Statue – level 3
The Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, announced that a statue honoring Confederate Robert E. Lee is going to be removed. Northam said that in 2020 people can no longer honor a system that was based on enslaving people.
Some people see the memorials as markers of US history and southern culture, and they say that Confederate statues should not be destroyed. However, to others they serve as an offensive reminder of the country’s history of slavery and racial oppression.
The monument is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, and it has been vandalized during recent protests over the killing of George Floyd. The Richmond mayor, Levar Stoney, said that the city is going to remove all Confederate monuments on Monument Avenue.
Difficult words: Confederate (this was the name for the group of southern states that fought the northern states in the American Civil War), enslave (to make someone lose his freedom), marker (something to help you remember something), slavery (when someone legally owns somebody else, and this person must work for the owner and follow his orders), oppression (when people are treated unfairly and cruelly).
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