Gov. McAuliffe says Confederate statues should come down

(Richmond, Va.) – A day after North Carolina’s governor called for the state legislature to clear the way for Confederate monuments to come down, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is echoing the call.

While McAuliffe said the decision to relocate the monuments should rest with each locality, the governor added: “I encourage Virginia’s localities and the General Assembly – which are vested with the legal authority –  to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings.”

McAuliffe said the recent events in Charlottesville “demonstrate that monuments celebrating the leadership of the Confederacy have become flashpoints for hatred, division and violence.”