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NAACP Leader: I Disapprove Of Pulling Down Confederate Statues

"You can't eliminate what history is. So I disapprove with young people pulling down those statues."

 16, 2017 By 

A top NAACP leader on Tuesday publicly spoke out against the move to tear down memorials to Confederate soldiers in the wake of racial violence in Charlottesville, saying that destroying a statue won’t change our nation’s history. Esther M. Lee, the president of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, chapter of the NAACP, told a local news station that violence around the issue was simply not worth it.
“You know that’s history. That was in that point in time,” Lee said, according to WFMZ. “You can’t eliminate what history is. So I disapprove with young people pulling down those statues.”
“A young woman died. Two officers were murdered in a plane crash and all for what?” Lee asked. “Because somebody in their mind decided, ‘We don’t need to look at that anymore.'”
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman who was protesting the assembly of white nationalists, was struck and killed by a car that plowed into a crowd at high speed. Eyewitnesses have described the act as intentional, and a suspect, James A. Fields, was arrested by police shortly after the attack. Two Virginia state troopers died in a helicopter crash while responding to the scene.

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