Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) announced Thursday that a six-story statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond would be removed after it was defaced by protesters this week.
Northam said it was the “right time” for the statue’s removal, as thousands protested in cities around the country over the death by George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Northam said he thought the statue sent a “message” about leaders’ priorities when it comes to racial attitudes.
“When it’s the biggest thing around, it sends a clear message: This is what we value the most. But that’s just not true anymore,” he said.
The statue will be put in storage until a more “appropriate” location can be found.
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