City Councilor Bellamy releases new book

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- City councilor Wes Bellamy recently released a new book sharing his thoughts on the events in Charlottesville over the last couple of years.

The book is called "Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue."

Bellamy has been working on the book for the last few months.

He said that his therapist suggested that he start writing in order to get stuff off his chest.

"For me, it was just therapeutic, if it sold no copies, I would be ok," said Bellamy. "If it sold 1,000 copies, I would be ok, 10,000, whatever, I'll be fine."

Bellamy says that he hopes that people can understand the backstory about the buildup and fallout to Aug. 12 and everything he endured along the way.

He said that he learned a lot from the experience.

"We have to be patient with people, but impatient with progress," said Bellamy. "Another lesson that I've learned is that not everyone has to do everything the exact same way. It's ok for people to have different viewpoints and vantage points and perspectives."

He believes that the city has come a long way in race relations in the city, but Charlottesville still has a long way to go.

"We have to continue to speak up and speak out about the different things, the inequities that we see, the challenges that our community has and then we have to continue to work together collectively to be able to bring about change as well as solutions," said Bellamy.

Monumental sold out of physical copies but there are e-books available and he will be releasing an audiobook next week.

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