RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amid an extraordinary outpouring of grief over George Floyd’s death, Virginia’s governor has pledged to remove an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. City leaders have also committed to taking down the other four Confederate memorials along Richmond’s prestigious Monument Avenue. The changes amount to a reshaping of how one of America’s most historic cities tells its story in its public spaces _ and a rethinking of whom it glorifies. While some have equated the decision to erasing history, many activists and black leaders say it is long overdue.
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue was long overdue — calling it "a constant reminder to Black Virginians of racism, dehumanization, and hate that exists." https://t.co/JVWg2APmSC
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