CULTURE + HISTORY

Why Some White People Are Clinging to The Ghost of Andrew Jackson

The 7th president's shameful legacy is far too often overlooked

Allison Wiltz
6 min readJun 17, 2024

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General Andrew Jackson Statue via National Park Service | NPS/ Claire Hassler

The heroes someone keeps tell you a lot about their values. That's why it matters who society chooses to name its schools and streets after, who becomes immortalized as statues and placed on display. In that light, some of the historical figures that White people embrace in America have a poor, disqualifying character or conduct. If it were possible to remove racial bias from someone's mind, that point would be as clear as a spring stream. One such example is the attachment some White people have to preserve an Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson, Mississippi.

In 2020, Jackson's city council voted 5–1 to remove the statue, but this decision has courted controversy. Shad White, a conservative who is currently serving as a Mississippi state auditor, claimed in the Magnolia Tribune that "the move is "art of an extremist effort to erase history." However, removing Andrew Jackson's statue does, in fact, erase history — it simply acknowledges that his actions make him unfit to be placed on a public pedestal. Any student can research and learn more about the lives of American presidents, as information is freely available from the White House, the Library of…

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Allison Wiltz

Black womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola