NAACP leader offers profound take on the ‘senseless’ destruction of historical monuments

While confederate monuments across the nation are being targeted and taken down, one NAACP leader spoke out against the wave of aggression.

“I think it’s all senseless. All senseless,” Esther Lee, president of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Tuesday, WFMZ reported.

Gathered with members of the community, government and spiritual leaders met on the steps at Bethlehem’s City Hall to speak out about recent events.

“We’re 108 years in as NAACPers and we might think things would improve, but they do not. You know we still have this factor about black and white,” Lee told WFMZ. “What does that have to do with it? I bleed red blood.”

Lee does not agree with recent acts of vandalism to confederate statues nor does she condone tearing them down.

“You know that’s history. That was in that point in time. You can’t eliminate what history is. So I disapprove with young people pulling down those statues,” she said.

“A young woman died. Two officers were murdered in a plane crash and all for what? Because somebody in their mind decided, “we don’t need to look at that anymore.” she continued, referring to the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.

“It shouldn’t be,” she added.

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President Trump commented in a series of tweets on Thursday about the “history and culture” of the nation being “ripped apart.”

And while Lee reportedly does not agree with the president on all things, she does believe the statues should be left alone.

She also believes Trump needs the prayers of Americans.

“I would pray that he would gain the strength to do what’s necessary in the job, at least for these four years,” she told WFMZ, adding that hate and hurt don’t need to win, despite the way things are right now.

A spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania told WFMZ they have no plans to remove any of the hundreds of local Confederates monuments.

NBA superstar Charles Barkley also came out strongly against the destruction of historical monuments. You can hear his powerful opinion and advice here. 

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Frieda Powers


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