Georgia has decided to begin moving the Confederate monuments in the state’s capital, calling them “disrespectful to our history” and a “dangerous symbol.”
The move comes as the country grapples with a wave of anti-racism protests.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce the decision on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
“The Confederate statues in the capital are a symbol of the hate that our nation is known for and the danger that it poses to our country,” Gov.
Nathan Deal said in a statement on Wednesday.
“As a nation we must reject racism, and honor our history.
I have made it a top priority of my administration to move these statues, and we will continue to work with the Georgia legislature and the Georgia General Assembly to move forward in this direction.”
President Donald J. Trump (R) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 20, 2021.
REUTERS/Kevin LamarquePresident Donald Trumps administration has been criticized for its reluctance to remove Confederate monuments.
The move to move the statues in Georgia follows several weeks of protests in the South and elsewhere in the country.