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The men and women of Emancipation Park speak out

Lorenzo Dickerson

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“In its center is a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee,” That’s WHY it’s called Lee Park. Duh? And Michael with the real kicker “This town used to be a lot more liberal than it is now.” Michael are you Wes, Sig, Karen, and Maurice blind? But, you’ve got it right, Michael. It’s still Lee Park. And thank you C-Ville for this great article. One of the best if not THE best for 2017. And Jordy, you’ve done a public service by writing this for all to see. Should be required reading for everyone to see and know… Read more »

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Thanks to writer and photographer who built up enough trust – by showing respect for the stories – of these good people to tell their stories. Thanks to the C-ville editors and publishers for doing something ‘real’. The juxtaposition to the more frequent ‘fake’ reality stories is remarkable. These good people have told the ‘real’ news of our times: the continuing desperate news of the ‘haves’ AND the ‘have nots’. The delicate sensitivities of BOURGEOIS ELITEs who are emotionally ‘triggered’ by the sight/site of statues AND the gut-wrenching/mind-stressing fear of dying on the streets. The hundreds of thousands of dollars… Read more »

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Well put Ronald. The overwhelming evidence points to the citizens of Charlottesville want the statues to remain in place. The nerve of our city council taking it upon themselves to decide this issue instead of a referendum on the November ballot is an indication that the liberal left considers only their opinion as valid. GET OUT Council you are unqualified to decide anything for this city!!!

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Most of the homeless and formerly homeless people interviewed are self-involved. They are indifferent to the important issue of pervasive racial discrimination in American society. This is sometimes because people focus their attention on themselves and perhaps their family’s situation. Others are too busy trying to stay one step ahead of sleeping under a bridge or going to jail to have the energy to care about anything else. Some of the people interviewed have echoed the neo-Confederate propaganda about American history, revering Robert E. Lee and dismissing slavery as insignificant, that is common among white Southerners. Most Americans understand that… Read more »

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Kudos on the article. When all this started, I told my wife what they really should be talking about is the homeless in the park. Not remove them, but how to help them. I even took a picture one day and was going to do something with it, but after August12th I knew whatever I did would get lost in the emotional chaos. But, now I feel this is the right time and place to post the picture I took. You will not be able to tell the gender or race if the person. This was intentional, because homelessness can… Read more »