Confederate statue removal debate comes to Houston

- The debate continues over what should be done with confederate statues across the country and now that debate has begun here in Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, in a news conference, expressed the importance of, "engaging in a thoughtful, deliberative process..." when it comes to removing or replacing these confederate statues.

We now know of at least two in Houston that some say need to go. Still not everyone seems to agree.

"I think the statues should remain. It's part of Texas history, whether we like it or not, it is what it is," says Lana Jones.

Mayor Turner saying his office has been asked to consider removing or replacing 2 statues, The Spirit of the Confederacy Statue and The Statue of Dick Dowling.

"These two that I'm aware of at this point in time have been in those locations since 1905 and 1908," says Turner.

The Spirit of the Confederacy, erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and one of the oldest public monuments in Houston, the marble statue of Dick Dowling.

"The bigotry and the history behind all of that is much more deeper than what the stone represents. It's not the stone, it's the heart," says Claudell Washington.

Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to Mayor Turner, are leading to these petitions of removing the statues. The mayor organizing a committee to study each monument and decide if they should be taken down.

"I feel like if it's offensive to some people, maybe it is a good idea and it should be removed," says Henry Benavides who also said the statues should be placed in museums to preserve history.

"It's history. I don't agree with a lot of it, but I don't think you should tear down historical monuments," says Garrett Gayle.

Justin Johnson agrees, saying, "they should be reminders of our dark history so we can move forward as humans."

The mayor saying he will not tolerate vandals and that this process of reviewing the monuments will not be quick.

On Saturday, a planned Black Lives Matter rally will take place in front of City Hall in Houston. Organizers say they are demanding the city "erase the confederacy," calling it a "stain in the fabric of our history."

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