The statues of long dead Johnnies were easy pickings, low hanging fruit for the revolutionary movements now ravaging the land.
I was in college in Virginia during the Centennial of the US Civil War at a school drenched in the history of that period (VMI). We had all kinds of distinguished historians come to speak to the cadet corps in Jackson Memorial Hall. As an outlander new to the South I watched the reaction of the cadets carefully, curious to see how much the tale would stir them. It did not. They listened with some level of polite interest but that was the limit of their engagement. The fire had gone out even then.
Today, with the exception of re-enactors and antiquarian eccentrics involved in the literature of that time, few people care. That is why there has been no serious or effective resistance to defacing and removing Confederate Memorials. Few care, certainly not "practical people."
But, pilgrims the Confederate caper was merely a warm-up for the big game, the game intended to smash the present social and governmental order in the US and replace it with something other, something better in the collective mind of the revolutionary movements. "White Supremacy" is code for the present forms of government and economy. These movements are deeply Marxist, deeply against private enterprise, deeply anti-democratic except for the Soviet definition of the word. "Government ownership of the means of production and distribution."
The insurrectionists are hoping for a collapse of the will to resist, a PTA moment in which the weak willed throw up their hands and surrender. To get to that point a constant barrage of abusive language and childish behavior is part of the program, something like the way badly behaved children take control of weak parents.
Disbandment of police forces are a necessity long the way.
Weak politicians who in their hearts are filled with guilt over "White Supremacy" are a convenience.
I would give the insurrectos high marks for their progress thus far. pl