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America's 'woke warriors' are on the march

Culture wars threaten backlash against Democrats in midterm elections

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A statue of Thomas Jefferson, pictured in the council chambers in City Hall after a vote to have it removed in the Manhattan borough of New York City on Oct. 19.   © Reuters

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times. He is author of "The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times."

Late last month, a work crew entered New York's City Hall and removed a 401-kg, 2.1-meter statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and one of America's Founding Fathers.

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