Dallas City Council Member Defends Removal of Confederate Monument

Lester Mason
September 9, 2017

The Tennessee-based group began advertising the "Protect the General Robert E. Lee Monument Rally" on its Facebook page August 17, five days after a rally held in a support of a Lee statue in nearby Charlottesville descended into chaos and ended in the death of a counterprotester, 32-year-old Heather Heyer. A crane to hoist the statue off its podium was already in place when Judge Fitzwater issued his restraining order halting the work.

The delay proved to be short-lived.

Charlottesville officials voted in February to take down the city's long-standing statue to Lee, a slave-owning Confederate general in the Civil War, but its removal has been on hold ever since pending ongoing court proceedings. Dallas resident Hiram Patterson and the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans group swiftly filed a lawsuit complaining that the city council had violated the First Amendment and their right to due process.

City council members had decided Wednesday in a "near-unanimous vote" to remove the statue, according to Tristan Hallman of Dallas News.

The bill comes in response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, which resulted in the death of a counter protester, Lee said.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has established a task force to review other monuments and spaces that honor prominent Confederate figures.

The city council voted 13-1, with one abstention, to remove the monument Wednesday afternoon.

Today, with our nation beset by subversive groups and propaganda which seeks to destroy our national unity, we can look for inspiration to the lives of Lee and Jackson to remind us to be resolute and determined in preserving our sacred institutions. He said changing street names will be a hard task.

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