Richmond mayor wants to remove city's Confederate monuments

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"Cities, counties and the state must have the authority and opportunity to make these decisions".

In the Republican-controlled legislature, leaders who would be key to any agreement to repeal the law or move the statues were mum Wednesday. Brosche said in a press release that she plans to submit legislation to relocate the monuments to museums for "appropriate historical context".

The debate flared after white nationalists marched last weekend to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed amid violent clashes between demonstrators.

Saturday's violence in Charlottesville killed a local woman, Heather Heyer, 32, and injured 19 others when a vehicle allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr. plowed a crowd in the city's downtown mall area. Fields is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

The Charlottesville City Council had earlier voted to rechristen two parks named for Confederate generals and remove Lee's statue from the park once known as Lee Park. The removal is on hold pending litigation. Any Confederate mystique it still claims derives more from the fact that Robert E. Lee grew up there than its role in the greater conflict. If we had turned decisively to making living memorials, we might not be in the position we are in today, in which thousands of memorials are spread throughout the country, often embedded in communities that feel it is their right to determine the meaning and resonance of the object, including diverse communities that resent the presence of racist relics, and bigoted enclaves that want to preserve them. "Lee would never ever stand for that sort of violence". But you know what?

Work crews hauled the monuments away early Wednesday morning.

"You don't go to Germany and see statues of Hitler out in public places".

New Orleans removed its Confederate monuments in late April and May, also in overnight operations.

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- Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that he wants Confederate memorials across the state removed from public locations, fearing they will become magnets for protests and flashpoints for violence similar to the weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va., that left one person dead and almost two dozen injured.

"I think these monuments are of historical significance", he said.

Hayes-Davis said he understood why people are upset by Confederate symbols including the flag. Confederate statues were removed overnight in Baltimore, Maryland, as a campaign to erase symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South gathers momentum across the United States.

Memphis officials said the city would take legal action to get state approval to remove a Confederate statue there.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he will not remove any Confederate monuments or memorials and will instead leave that decision up to the public.

In a statement, the Lee family said the life of the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia "was about duty, honor and country".

"America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms", they said in a joint statement.

Once you understand this point, it becomes obvious why neo-Nazis and white supremacists would rally to the defense of Confederate memorials.

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