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  • Race in America: The Historical Monuments Debate

    Posted on August 8th, 2020 in Profiles & Interviews

    Good afternoon. I’m Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post, and welcome to Washington Post Live. You are in for a fun and provocative conversation on race with two outspoken men I’ve interviewed on this subject before.   Keep reading »

  • Behind the decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee

    Posted on March 11th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Last May, a crane removed a 16½ foot-tall bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch 60 feet above New Orleans. The statue was one of four Confederate monuments the city’s mayor, Mitch Landrieu, had removed last year. “In a city that I represent that’s 67 percent African American, to have a young African-American girl pass by that statue and look at it every day, I ask myself, ‘Am I really preparing her for a really good future? Is she feeling like she’s getting lifted up by the government, or is she being put down?’” Landrieu tells Anderson Cooper this week on 60 Minutes. “I mean, I think the answer’s pretty clear.”   Keep reading »