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Robert E. Lee's Stance on Confederate Statues: Removal is 'Fine'

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Left: A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on May 19, 2017, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld) Center: A statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Right: Stonewall Jackson Monument in Manassas, Virginia. (Photobulb/Dreamstime)

By    |   Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:23 PM

Robert E. Lee's great-great grandson gave his take on Confederate statues, saying that he's "fine" with them being removed in the aftermath of the violence and hatred that was on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.

Robert E. Lee V, 54, condemned the Charlottesville attacks, calling them "sad" and "senseless," according to USA Today.

He took it a step further, saying that it might be "appropriate" to move Confederate statues to museums.

"Eventually, someone is going to have to make a decision, and if that's the local lawmaker, so be it. But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence. And if they choose to take those statues down, fine," Lee told CNN.

"Maybe it's appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard," he added.

The violent protests seen in Charlottesville, which began Friday, were sparked by the city's decision to take down the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Robert E. Lee statue is not the only Confederate statue in question.

There's a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis located inside the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

Bertram Hayes-Davis, Davis' great-great-grandson, was asked whether or not the statue should remain standing.

"I think that they were placed there for a reason," Davis said in reference to his great-great grandfather's many accomplishments, according to CNN.

"I think you have to look at the entire individual before you make a decision whether they belong at the Capitol of the United States or not," he added.

However, Davis told CNN's Don Lemon that the Confederate statues should be moved to museums if they're "offensive to a large majority of the public."

"In a public place, if it is offensive and people are taking issue with it, let's move it. Let's put it somewhere where historically it fits with the area around it so you can have people come to see it, who want to understand that history and that individual," he added.

The great-great grandsons of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson wrote a letter to the Richmond mayor requesting that Jackson's statue and others be removed from an avenue in the city, Slate magazine reported.

"The people who descended on Charlottesville last weekend were there to make a naked show of force for white supremacy," the letter read.

"We are writing to say that we understand justice very differently from our grandfather's grandfather, and we wish to make it clear his statue does not represent us", the open letter continued.

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Robert E. Lee's great-great grandson gave his take on Confederate statues, saying that he's "fine" with them being removed in the aftermath of the violence and hatred that was on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.
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