Vance monument in Asheville is no more:
A 75-foot memorial to a Confederate leader has been removed from its perch in downtown Asheville where it stood for more than 120 years. WLOS-TV in Asheville reports that the stone obelisk was fully dismantled over the Memorial Day weekend.
The monument memorialized Confederate colonel and governor Zebulon Vance. It is one of many Confederate statues and memorials that have been torn down across the South in the last year amid protests for racial justice.
Vance wasn't just a Confederate officer, he was racist to his very core:
When all of our troops had laid down their arms, then was immediately seen the results which I had prophecied [sic]. Slavery was declared abolished — two thousand million of property gone from the South at one blow, leaving four million freed vagabonds among us — outnumbering in several states the whites — to hang as an incubus upon us and reenact from time to time, the horrors of Hayte [Haiti] and St. Domingo [Saint-Domingue]. This alone was a blow from which the South will not with reasonable industry recover in one hundred years.
To save you the trouble, that comes to $500 for each slave. That's about what three horses cost back in 1870. But of course it wasn't just "property loss" Vance was concerned about, he thought their freedom would precipitate a race war. Or at least that's what he told people, laying the groundwork for the fear-induced brutal repression of former slaves. And instead of making him an outcast, that racism earned him a 15 year stint in the US Senate.
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