How Will the Debate Over Confederate Monuments Affect Dallas Politics?

After voting last month to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from an Oak Lawn park, Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates has been called a traitor, a disgrace and a failure.And those are among some of the tamer comments that her office has received. Some called her explicit names. A few have threatened her harm, prompting police investigations. One caller couldn't believe a white woman could do something like this. Another said that "black people kill each other every day and blame white people for all their problems," according to Gates' call log. Gates said the comments can be frustrating, but "this particular issue is just complicated.""It's complicated. It's complex. It's very emotional," she said.  Continue reading...

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