Following the weekend of violence in Charlottesville that was sparked by plans to remove the General Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country are stepping up efforts to pull Confederate monuments from public spaces. Colette Luke has more.
After the violence in Charlottesville... Cities across the country are stepping up efforts to pull Confederate monuments of their own from public spaces… The mayors of Baltimore and Lexington, Kentucky, say they're pushing ahead. (SOUNDBITE) LEXINGTON MAYOR JIM GRAY: "We can't always decide on the timing, but it's so important that we speak out vigorously now against hatred, against bigotry, against prejudice…" There are plans to move the statues of Civil War leaders, John Breckenridge and John Hunt Morgan from downtown Lexington to Veterans Park where they'll stand alongside two Union statues… (SOUNDBITE) LEXINGTON MAYOR JIM GRAY: "Simply the right thing to do…" In Baltimore, where two Confederate monuments were vandalized this week...the City Council voted unanimously Monday night to tear down all four monuments that display Confederate history… (SOUNDBITE) BRANDON SCOTT, BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SAYING: "The folks that are displayed in on these monuments were traitors to the United States of America." But in Dallas, a former Black city council member says she's opposed to removing Confederate statues. (SOUNDBITE) FORMER DALLAS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SANDRA CRENSHAW SAYING: I'm not intimidated by Robert E. Lee's statue.../ Some people think that by taking a statue down, that's going to erase racism. Misguided." system.scripts.Either way, Saturday's deadly violence in Charlottesville, has forced communities across the south and elsewhere to take a closer look at their own public spaces.