Let’s talk about Confederate monuments and symbols

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Robert E. Lee Park in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)
A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Robert E. Lee Park in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

The argument over Confederate statues and monuments led to bloodshed in Charlottesville and massive protest marches elsewhere.

President Trump stands with many Southerners who want to keep the monuments where they are. But tens of thousands of others believe the time has come to remove these icons from public places and put them in museums or cemeteries — or just stash them in warehouses.

On a new Facebook page, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is moderating a respectful discussion on this explosive topic: What should happen next with these memorials and other symbols of the Confederacy? Should they be removed, left alone or augmented by more information about the person depicted in the statue?

This group is closed. But we're inviting people of all persuasions on this topic to join us — as long as they keep the conversation constructive and respectful.

Interested in joining? Email us at race@ajc.com.