Gov. McAuliffe Calls on Virginia Communities to Take Down Confederate Statues

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling on the state's communities to take down Confederate monuments in light of the deadly violence in Charlottesville.

"Unfortunately, the recent events in Charlottesville demonstrate that monuments celebrating the leadership of the Confederacy have become flashpoints for hatred, division and violence," McAuliffe said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

McAuliffe advised the state's localities to take down the monuments and "relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings."

"I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear.”

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