Charlottesville Confederate statue removal blocked by judge

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A Virginia judge has blocked the city of Charlottesville’s effort to remove the Confederate statue that sparked a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore ruled that any attempts to remove the Robert E. Lee statue violate a state law protecting war memorials, the Daily Progress reported. The decision last week ends a lawsuit filed in March 2017 opposing the Charlottesville City Council vote to remove statue on the grounds that it sends a racist message.

“I don’t think I can infer that a historical preservation statute was intended to be racist,” he said. “Certainly, (racism) was on their minds, but we should not judge the current law by that intent.”

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