He also states that a common misperception about these monuments is that they were erected during or immediately following the war. In reality, the majority of these monuments were built in the 20th century, an attempt to further disenfranchise African-Americans.
To Hayter, the debate on Confederate monuments is not just a trending topic, it’s an ongoing conversation about the rights of African-Americans and racial equality in America. And it’s a conversation he is helping to lead.
Dr. Julian Hayter is associate professor of leadership studies in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. He’s a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development, African-American history, and the American civil rights movement.