On Confederate monuments, Jacksonville is a city divided – Florida Times-Union
Most Jacksonville voters do not support removing the city’s Confederate monuments from public property, but the issue divides residents sharply along partisan and racial lines, according to a University of North Florida survey of 509 Duval County registered voters.
White voters overwhelmingly oppose moving them — 54 percent “strongly oppose” it — while 47 percent of black voters “strongly support” removing them. The issue drives a similarly divisive dynamic along party lines, with Democrats overwhelmingly in favor and Republicans opposed.
The issue came to a head in August when City Council President Anna Brosche — responding to violence and chaos in Charlottesville, Va. sparked by white nationalists — called for an inventory of the city’s Confederate monuments so they can be removed from public property and placed into museums or other locations where they can be “historically contextualized.” She has yet to propose any legislation.
Jacksonville’s most prominent monument is the 62-foot Vermont granite monument in Hemming Park, installed in 1898, that sits just feet away from City Hall and is topped by the bronze figure of a Confederate solider in winter uniform, representing the Jacksonville Light Infantry, a Confederate military company.
The survey highlights how difficult building support for any option addressing the monuments will be.
Mayor Lenny Curry has refused to say whether he supports removing them.
Overall, about 53 percent of voters oppose removal, while about 38 percent are in favor.
Brosche’s move prompted backlash as well as a chorus of support, though it doesn’t appear to have had much of an affect on her public profile. Most voters survyed by UNF didn’t have an opinion about her. Among those who do, most — about 28.6 percent — support her.
“With these sizable partisan and racial differences on this issue, I just hope