East Dallas councilmen want Confederate monuments to come down

The neighborhood is astir with tension around whether to remove Confederate monuments and what that means for neighborhood schools, a few of which are named for Confederate leaders (Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee) and a segregationist (Woodrow Wilson High School).

Last night, a protest against the Confederate monuments sparked a counter-protest, which devolved into a shouting match, The Dallas Morning News reports.

NBC 5 polled the Dallas City Council on whether the Confederate monuments in Dallas should come down. Both East Dallas councilman, District 9’s Mark Clayton and District 14’s Philip Kingston, were in favor of removing the memorials. They were two of only four council members to put their opinions on record.

Kingston, true to fashion, took the issue to social media with a Facebook post response to a D Magazine piece by Glenn Hunter arguing in favor of preserving the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park. Point by point, Kingston lays out his thoughts on the subject, included below:

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  • CitizenKane

    I am not surprised; many of us believe these Democrat relics of the Civil War and Jim Crow should be removed – BY CONSENSUS.

    Democrats controlled the south for decades before the rise of Republicanism in the south. These monuments flourished under Democrats. Why has it taken the Democrats so long to wake up to their racist past?

    Let us not forget our history, it was Republicanism that freed slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation.

    But I am surprised that no one is talking about renaming Woodrow Wilson High School.

    Woodrow Wilson, a Progressive Democrat, was a racist. One of many WW’s quotes:

    “Thewhite men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation—until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.”

    Time to rename our High School (and also the Princeton U Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) ?


  • Biff Henderson

    Philip ‘Fake News’ Kingston has again opened his sewer hole and spewed lies, misinformation. Dallas: PLEASE vote this chump out in the next election cycle.

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  • tomcat

    Once again we have two serving on the Dallas City Council that either skipped history classes or never took them. By the way Mark….how did Chick-fil-a and Canes Chicken get a drive through when the Panera could not. I would also consider the car wash a drive through also.

  • Terry Hulsey

    I reply to the Facebook bowel movement of old P.T., a hopelessly confused political hack. For all others: CAUTION, HIS LIPS ARE MOVING!
    1. [Myth of Lee] Lee did believe in white supremacy. Ooh, surprise! As did EVERYONE, North and South in the 19th century, save a handful of abolitionists. But this is the same Lee who freed his slaves before General Ulysses S. Grant!
    2. [Heritage of Southern families] “your family was also evil” – naw, sorry, my family wasn’t in politics at all, as you are. Over 95% of Southern whites owned nary a slave. Were they fighting for the man in the big house?
    3. [Rewriting history] “the values of the Confederacy were awful” – nope, their values were the same as the Founding Fathers, who believed that secession was the ultimate corrective of oppressive central government.
    4. [Tear down the Alamo & Washington statues] “No one celebrates Washington for owning slaves” – You have a selective ability to make distinctions? Careful with that revolution you’re about to unleash: It eats its own children.
    Sorry, dimwit – you ARE as stupid as you look.