“I myself have been a victim of racism due to the color of my skin,” McLarty said. “I’ve also been a victim of police brutality. What I do know is there are a lot of bad people in this world, and no matter how many statues, flags or pancake boxes you take down, they will still exist.”
District 2 Supervisor Larry Gillespie said he does “understand how things like statues and street names can be offensive to some.”
Board President and District 5 Supervisor Mike Roberts said said the community lacks unity and protesters on both sides haven’t exhibited “common sense.”
The relocation vote comes after officials allowed residents to voice their opinion on relocating the monument. There were passionate arguments on both sides, news outlets reported.
This story was first published July 7, 2020, and was updated on July 8, 2020, to correct the characterization of a partial quote from District 2 Supervisor Larry Gillespie. Gillespie said he does “understand how things like statues and street names can be offensive to some,” instead of doesn’t understand.