Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reminder: The case against removing monuments is stupid

The Fifth Circuit is hearing the appeal today. This is a good time to recall that the "philanthropists" who clean the monuments out of the goodness of their hearts are saying they think this means they own the public property now.
The plaintiffs - four historical organizations - have advanced many arguments; among them, that their constitutional rights had been violated by the process for removal, the monuments were protected by historic preservation laws, by maintaining the monuments over the years they've gained recognizable property interest in them and that removing the monuments could irreparably harm them. They're asking the appeals court to grant them an injunction that would remain in effect throughout the litigation - meaning the city can't remove the monuments for months or years.

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