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Intersection: Confederate Monuments


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Kim Portious, right, calls for the statue's removal surrounded by those who want it to stay./Photo: Catherine Welch, WMFE

On the shore of Lake Eola in Orlando there’s a statue of “Johnny Reb”. It commemorates the soldiers who fought on the confederate side during the Civil War. Now, like other Confederate monuments around the south, there are plans to move it.  But not everyone agrees, like protesters who showed up at City Hall on Monday. Is the statue, as Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer says, a monument to the soldiers who died, a relic of history, or is it a symbol of white supremacy?

University of Florida history professor Ibram X Kendi and University of Central Florida associate history professor Robert Cassanello join Intersection to discuss the meaning of Confederate monuments. 

 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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