Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Calls Confederate Monuments ‘problematic' But Isn't Rushing to Tear Them Down

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday he doesn't like the Confederate monuments in the city's public spaces and considers them a "symbol of injustice" and divisive and "dangerous totems."But even after a debate over a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue sparked violent protests and counter-protests and a deadly attack on demonstrators by a white nationalist in Charlottesville, Va., Rawlings isn't ready to say the city should tear down its Confederate monuments next to City Hall or in Lee Park."It's easy to jump on the bandwagon and say 'tear it down' because it's frankly politically correct and in many ways it makes us all feel good. I'd feel better," Rawlings said. "But I hesitate because I realize the city of Dallas is better, is stronger when we are united and not divided. My goal as mayor, my job as mayor, is to continue to unite our city."  Continue reading...

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