In all seriousness, how many did? I remember some vague talk about it before, but it never seemed to be a hot-button topic. Possibly because white people didn't get involved, but I"m very skeptical that this was an important issue in the black community. I was listening to the radio the day after the statues were removed and they were talking to folks in the area, and every person they talked to mentioned that they had no idea that the statues were there.
And don't take that to mean that I think they should have stayed up. If people in the community wanted them down I have no problem with that, and I have no problem if the issue was pushed to the forefront after the events of last week. I'm just curious as to how much of an issue this actually was prior to last week, and would be interested in some insight on that.
I can get into the long story if you’re interested, but this was definitely an issue my grandparents, along with other people in their neighborhood, took issue with when they still lived in the city. This comes up every few years, it gets a tiny bit of press (and maybe a facebook group, news article, or something like that), then it’s like a fart in the wind. I was aware that the statues were there (I’m just talking about Lee/Jackson), because I was told that they were there by family. Friends of mine knew as well…some did, some did not. But just like every other topic of discussion, it slowly dies over time when the people stop yelling. People give up, people move, people die.
To be fair, the “Why” that I got, prior to research, was, “It’s just a southern state, and that’s what they do.” And apparently I wasn’t the only one that got that talk.
So, in short, most people that cared just...figured "it is what it is" by now.