Confederate States of America

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Defense Secretary bans Confederate flags from military bases
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a news conference at the Pentagon, June 3, 2020
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a news conference at the Pentagon, June 3, 2020 Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has banned all public displays of Confederate flags from all military bases, including "Department of Defense work places, common access areas, and public areas", after pressure from military leaders. Esper stated that the "flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols."

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Richmond Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis torn down
Jefferson Davis Monument on Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
Jefferson Davis Monument on Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia Credit: Billy Hathorn / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia has been torn down by protestors on Wednesday night. It is the third Confederate monument to be taken down by protestors in Richmond, following the Christopher Columbus statue in Byrd Park and the statue of Confederate leader Williams Carter Wickham in Monroe Park.