Robert E. Lee V, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s great-great grandson, thinks that Confederate statues should be exhibited in museums, instead of in public parks and areas.
The 54-year-old also added that it would be “fine” if lawmakers “choose to take those statues down,” CNN reported.
“Maybe it’s appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard,” Lee, an athletic director at a Virginia school told the news outlet.
A deadly protest erupted last weekend over plans to remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Charlottesville park once named after him.
It is now called Emancipation Park.
White supremacists held a “Unite the Right” rally to protest the statue removal. They were met by counterprotesters.
Heather Heyer, a counterprotester, was killed when a motorist allegedly drove into a group of demonstrators.
“Those sorts of acts on Saturday, that’s just not to be tolerated,” Lee said. “We feel strongly that Gen. Lee would never ever stand for that sort of violence.”
The Lee family issued a statement saying that the general’s life “was about duty, honor and country,” CNN reported.
“At the end of the Civil War, he implored the nation to come together to heal our wounds and to move forward to become a more unified nation,” the statement said. “He never would have tolerated the hateful words and violent actions of white supremacists, the KKK, or neo-Nazis.”
Take them down. Take them ALL down.