Update: Here are some details about yesterday’s vote.
Earlier this evening the Dallas City Council voted 11 to 4 in favor of removing a large Confederate War Memorial located in the Convention Center District. The decision is a reminder that this debate about Confederate monuments is far from over.
This is a large memorial. The pillar measures 60 feet and is topped with a Confederate soldier. Surrounding the base are statues of CSA Generals Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Albert Johnston, and CSA president Jefferson Davis. The memorial was dedicated in 1896.
Earlier this year a plaque was removed from inside the state capitol in Austin that for decades reinforced the myth that slavery was not the central cause of the Civil War.
The vote to remove this memorial can be viewed along similar lines. The Confederate soldier and statues of Confederate military and political leaders avoid any discussion of what caused the war or any reference to their struggle to breathe new life into the institution of slavery through a nation dedicated to its protection and expansion.
In short, the Lost Cause lost tonight in Dallas.