Debate rages on over fate of Confederate monuments in Arizona
Civil rights leaders in Arizona are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to remove Confederate monuments in the state.
The renewed push came, just days after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"These monuments of terror, these monuments of hatred must come down," said Rev. Reginald Walton, the Pastor for Phillips Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. "They have no place in our society. At best, they belong in a museum."
"Governor Ducey has to take a strong stance here in Arizona, to let Arizonans know he will not tolerate any hateful acts," said Roy Tatem, President of the East Valley NAACP.
Gov. Ducey condemned hate groups on Monday, like the ones that marched in Charlottesville, but when pressed about the monuments, Gov. Ducey said it was "not his desire or mission to tear down any monuments or memorials", and pointed out that there is a public process for removing monuments.
Local leaders, however, want Gov. Ducey to start that process.
"You cannot have it both ways," said Rev. Walton.
"We would like for Gov. Ducey to take the lead, to take the lead and open up the doors and call a meeting," said Tatem.
There are six Confederate monuments on Arizona public lands, including one at the State Capitol, west of Downtown Phoenix.