From the Post:

In his order, Marchant recounted testimony from historians Ed Ayers and Kevin Gaines, who appeared as expert witnesses for the state at the one-day trial on Oct. 19.

“Their testimony described a post-war South where the white citizenry wanted to impose and state unapologetically their continued belief in the validity and honor of their ‘Lost Cause,’ and thereby vindicate their way of life and their former Confederacy,” Marchant wrote. “It was out of this backdrop that the erection of the Lee Monument took place.”

Marchant noted that Gaines also testified that “today the monument stands as a contradiction to present societal values.”


“The Lee monument was built to celebrate the Confederacy and uphold white supremacy,” Northam said in a statement after Tuesday’s ruling, the Post reports. “This victory moves Virginia forward in removing this relic of the past—one that was erected for all the wrong reasons.”

Northam and other Virginians who wish to see monuments to chattel slavery protectors reduced to rubble—or at least removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue—shouldn’t start celebrating too soon because Marchant’s ruling also prohibits the governor from immediately moving to take the statue down giving those who wish to keep their shrine to humans who owned other humans time to appeal the ruling.


Lawyer Patrick McSweeney, the attorney representing Virginians who think the pilar of oppression should stay put, confirmed plans to appeal Marchant’s ruling saying “Obviously we think he got it wrong.”

According to the Post, people who like their fighters for systemic racism canonized have 30 days to file a notice of appeal.