This action comes amidst the aftermath of deadly clashes last week in Charlottesville, Virginia that left counter protester Heather Heyer, 32, dead and several people injured.
All hell broke loose last week after white nationalists, white supremacists, KKK supporters, and neo-Nazis tried to hold an officially permitted “Unite the Right” rally at a downtown park to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee in the center of the Virginia college town.
According to officials, the action is being taken by Duke following vandalism of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on campus.
The decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff, and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement.
“I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university,” Price said.
There are more than 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy, including 700 monuments and statues, in public spaces across the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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