Again, at Walker County Commissioners’ Court this week several local citizens addressed commissioners about the issue of removal of the Confederate monument on the courthouse grounds. It was another hour of visiting the past of the sad and violent history of slavery and segregation and focusing it on a monument most speakers felt symbolically transmits and reinforces those times and views in 2020.
One speaker, Black Lives Matter activist , Jules Williams, who had experienced threats connected with his position on having the monument removed, expressed his general view on the matter to commissioners . . . .
Dr. Karen Williams, a local physician, school board trustee and mother of the 16-year-old student who started the petition to remove the monument, addressed commissioners. Among several issues, she reminded them of the political implications of the monument’s not being removed . . . .
Local citizen Clara Mallett was in favor of the monument staying on the courthouse lawn . . . .
Whether the monument issue was brought up because it has long been offensive to local African Americans, or an issue that has come up like the others like it, uncannily close to the next presidential election—commissioners have been asked to put it on their agenda for a vote.