In the aftermath of the violence between white supremacists and protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky wants to remove two prominent Confederate statues in his town.
According to the Washington Post, Mayor Jim Gray announced on Saturday that he will move two Confederate monuments from prominent places near a Lexington courthouse.
One statue honors John Hunt Morgan (the “Thunderbolt of the Confederacy") who organized the independent Lexington Rifles infantry company in 1857. The other is of John C. Breckinridge, a former U.S. vice president who was kicked out of the Senate after joining the Confederate army.
Removing the statues is part of a $30 million renovation that aims to position the city as welcoming and progressive, says Gray.
The mayor, who is white, says that the statues would be relocated—following city approval—to a park honoring veterans.
Over the weekend, white supremacists rallying and protestors clashed in Charlottesville. In the melee, a man rammed his car into protestors, hitting 20 people and killing a 32-year old protestor named Heather Heyer. Three people in total died.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for not haranguing white supremacists by name following the incident. As the BBC shares, he condemned violence by "many sides" but did not call out the alt-right.
The White House later clarified in a statement that his condemnation included white supremacists. "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups," a spokesperson said Sunday.
First Daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump, took to Twitter to make her statement. "There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis," she tweeted. "We must all come together as Americans -- and be one country UNITED."
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