Wes Bellamy directly disputes white nationalist talking point on Democracy Now that the city wants to destroy the statues...
One of the biggest Alt-Right talking points is that the City of Charlottesville wants to destroy the Confederate monuments. It's just not true says Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy earlier today on Democracy Now:
"The thing is, is this: We don’t want to desecrate or dismantle or disrespect the statue in any shape, form or fashion. I don’t have any personal problems with Robert E. Lee. He is who he is, and I am who I am. But what we do believe is that that statue doesn’t belong in the middle of our downtown. Especially if we are a community in which we’re trying to provide equity and we say that we’re one of the best places to live in the country for all people, then we have to make sure that we maintain safe spaces in our parks for all people.
So, in terms of selling the statue or auctioning it off, we just believe that it should be in a more appropriate place. So, if there is a Parks Service or if there is a civil rights museum—excuse me, a Civil War museum or somewhere in which individuals believe that they can pay the proper homage and respect to Mr. Lee through a government entity or something of that nature, then they have every right to auction off—or, excuse me, purchase the statue. And we’ve received several calls for it."
Restoring the honor!