There would, of course, be major hurdles to pulling them all down. Like other states, Georgia has a law barring removal of Civil War memorials, which would have to be repealed. Protests would be inevitable. And The Augusta Chronicle reports there is little to zero political will to disturb the monument, even among Augusta's majority-black leadership:
Another black Commissioner, Dennis Williams, said the issue posed a challenge for some politicians.
"It's one of those things, no matter which way you stand, you're on the wrong side with somebody," Williams said.
Williams, a former NAACP branch president, said he will attend the rally Thursday but does not support removing the monument.
"Personally I don't have a problem with the monument," he said. "I understood what the monuments were for – those are symbols of past history and hopefully a constant reminder to our community never to allow our community to get in that type of situation again."
Augusta's mayor, Hardie Davis, has yet to weigh in. Last week, another black commissioner, Sammie Sias, told the AJC that he didn't even know the monument bore the "white and fair" inscription.
"It’s never been worth my time or effort to even know what was there, or even care about that monument," Sias said. "I was dealing with real issues, and I haven’t seen or heard of any groups down there trying to use that monument up in our face.
"I’m not saying it’s not in our face," he said, "but it’s just that it’s never had enough credit for my attention."