North Carolina governor wants Confederate monuments removed from state property

Here we go, I saw this coming…~TS

By Lynn Bonner | The News & Observer

Confederate statues should be removed from state property, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a public message Tuesday.

Cooper has asked the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to find out how much it would cost to remove the monuments and provide options for relocating them to places where they can be “studied in context.”

But a 2015 law is likely to make it difficult for the Democratic governor to move any monuments, and the Republican-controlled General Assembly shows no signs of changing the law.

Cooper’s statement comes the day after a crowd in Durham toppled a Confederate statue outside the old Durham County courthouse and after the violent white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville last weekend brought new attention to North Carolina’s law protecting monuments and statues.

He wrote a statement posted to the online publishing platform Medium.

“Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. But history is not on their side,” Cooper wrote. “We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down.

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