HARRISONBURG, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A Virginia lawmaker is weighing in on the decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from a Charlottesville park.
According to WHSV, during a reflection session meeting in the Shenandoah Valley, Delegate Steve Landes, who represents parts of Albemarle County, said history needs to be recognized.
"We ought to recognize the fact that that war did occur and it occurred in Virginia and, for good or bad, Virginia was part of the losing side," he said. "Monuments and memorials recognize that fact."
Landes also says we should not celebrate racism and slavery, but to "rewrite history is a dangerous precedent."
He also says a statue of a prominent African-American in history or celebrating civil rights might be appropriate for the park, along with the Lee statue.
Several other Republican lawmakers were also present at the meeting, including Delegate Tony Wilt and state senators Mark Obenshain and Emmet Hanger.