While the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville remains standing, other cities have taken down Confederate monuments since Saturday’s violence. On Monday, workers removed a Confederate statue in Gainesville, Florida. In Baltimore, Maryland, the mayor had four Confederate statues removed early Wednesday morning. That same day, in Brooklyn, New York, two plaques honoring Lee were also removed.
Experts predict many more cities will remove their Confederate monuments. But many also fear that white supremacists will feel encouraged by Trump’s response and hold more rallies. If they do, many leaders from both political parties hope President Trump will speak out more quickly and forcefully against them.
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