Landes says Lee statue should stay

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Delegate Steve Landes says he is opposed to having a statue of Robert E. Lee removed from a small park in downtown Charlottesville.

He calls it an effort to rewrite history.

Ealier this year, Landes voted for a bill that would have prevented cities and counties from removing Civil War monuments, but Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed that legislation.

At this time, it is unclear if the city of Charlottesville has the legal authority to remove the statue.

Landes says people who want to bring the statue down are too concerned with political correctness , and he also says there are good reasons to honor Lee.

"I think we're getting into dangerous territory when you try to re-write United States history, especially the Civil War," he said. "And in the case of General Lee, I think you also have to recall, if you remember history that he was an individual that wanted to come back and really tried to have the country reconciled."

Landes says he is also worried that all other statues and monuments will be questions if the Lee statue is removed.



 
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