Charlottesville mayor reverses, calls for removal of Lee statue

Claudine Rigal
Août 19, 2017

Mayor Catherine Pugh said removing the Confederate statues was "in the best interest of my city."But on Thursday, the statue was lying on its side, and the words "honor history" had been spray painted on the base._3:50 p.m.Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white-nationalist rally".

"With the terrorist attack, these monuments were transformed from equestrian statues into lightning rods", Signer said.

"We can, and we must, respond by denying the Nazis and the KKK and the so-called alt-right the twisted totem they seek", he added.

Police stand watch near the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the center of Emancipation Park. It sparked a national debate on what to do with Confederate monuments.

Organizers of the "Unite the Right" march said that the rally was a response to the city's efforts to remove the Lee statue from Emancipation Park.

Signer explained in The Washington Post why he voted against the removal: "I believe the Lee statue should remain as a reminder that many Americans were once treated as the property of others, then as second-class citizens".

Signer also called on the General Assembly to enact legislation that would allow localities to ban the open or concealed carry of weapons in public events that are "reasonably deemed to pose a potential security threat".

Meanwhile, other cities and states are weighing whether to scrub Confederate symbols from public spaces - seen by some as outdated tributes that only reopen the nation's painful past.

However, a spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan says the decision to remove any statue is left up to individual states, and reminded her it is not up to Congress to make those calls.

The discovery came as US President Donald Trump stoked the controversy over the statues, echoing white nationalists by decrying the removal of what he said were "beautiful" monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy.

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