Mississippi board votes ‘no’ on moving Confederate monument

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FILE – A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., in a July 1, 2020 file photo. A draft policy being circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department work places or public areas by service members and civilian personnel. The policy has not yet been finalized or signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Officials in a Mississippi county unanimously voted to keep a Confederate monument where it stands because moving the statue wouldn’t fix racial tensions.

In a 5-0 vote, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to relocate the Confederate statue in Oxford Square.

Several members of the all white male board said they didn’t believe moving the statue would cause unity in the county. District 4 Supervisor Chad McLarty said he’s experienced racism because of the color of his skin but taking down monuments won’t get rid of bad people.

District 2 Supervisor Larry Gillespie said he doesn’t “understand how things like statues and street names can be offensive to some.”

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