AMHERST NAACP WANTS CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN AMHERST REMOVED
Details below. After a request full of lies and woke nonsense, the Chairman of the
Board of Supervisors of Amherst County, one of the most conservative
counties in the Commonwealth (80%+ voted for Trump in 2020) asked
county staff to schedule a time for board discussion on the request at
an upcoming meeting.
Amherst NAACP asks board to address Confederate monument's place on county property
Amherst NAACP chapter recently wrote the county board of supervisors a
letter asking that it address a Confederate monument on the Amherst
Vandervelde, representing the local NAACP chapter, read from the letter
during the public comments portion of the board’s May 16 meeting. She
described the plaque’s language honoring the “noble cause” ideology of
the South during the Civil War as a “throwback to an era of an
institutionalized racism” that is painful for a large portion of county
“This county must not even seem to be contributing to its survival in our time,” Vandervelde said.
plaque states the Ladies of the Dr. John Thompson Chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy erected the monument in 1922.
wording on the plaque states: “To the memory of The Sons of Amherst
County, who from 1861 to 1865 upheld in arms the cause of Virginia and
the South, who fell in battle or died from wounds, and survivors of the
war who as long as they lived were ever proud that they had done their
part in the noble cause.”
Vandervelde said the sentiment from the plaque is one not all county residents share and is “clearly offensive to many.”
continued presence on public land at the courthouse complex can easily
be construed as an endorsement of its sentiments by our currently
elected authorities and citizenry,” she said. “Our courthouse complex
should unequivocally promote equal justice for all.”
1922, a private organization was allowed to occupy “a privileged place
on public property that honored only a subset of our community,”
“Times have changed,” she said. “Amherst can ill afford to continue to propagate a divisive message — 100 years is enough. Reflecting
not only selective memories but also severe inequalities, this
unbalanced presentation positioned in front of the United States flag
does not foster unity.”
Amherst monument’s plaque is an “anomaly,” “out of sync with our times”
and its presence on public property is problematic, Vandervelde told
supervisors on behalf of the Amherst NAACP.
“It is an artifact of another era and it should be removed,” Vandervelde said. “We
applaud previous action by the board of supervisors to remove the
Confederate battle flag graphic from the county seal. We propose that
the same reasonable approach be taken to remove the ‘noble cause’
ideology that after a century still survives.”
Vandervelde added the ‘noble cause’ ideology is controversial, divisive and a liability.
only kinds of publicity that Amherst County needs are those that
project positive and welcoming attitudes for all residents, visitors and
commercial enterprises — a perfect slice of Virginia,” Vandervelde told
supervisors. “Our goal is a solution that is amenable to our community.
We stand ready to collaborate.”
Tom Martin, the board’s chair, asked county staff to schedule a time for board discussion on the request at an upcoming meeting.
Despite the fact that Virginia citizens are overwhelmingly against monument removal and destruction, and voted to flip the House of Delegates and Executive Office RED in Virginia after Democrats moved to destroy numerous monuments in the Commonwealth, localities still want to give WOKE monument destroyers a voice. Please contact each member of the Board of Supervisors listed above and let them know how you feel about the removal of ANY war memorial.