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CHARLOTTESVILLE — A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted away from its place of prominence in Charlottesville on Saturday and carted off to storage, years after its threatened removal became a rallying point for white supremacists and inspired their violent 2017 rally that left a woman dead and dozens injured.

“This is just putting funding in place so that we can either remove, store or cover any or all of the three statues …  Any type of permanent dispossession, transfer of ownership or otherwise, would have to come back to you as a council for approval and a vote.”

As a survivor, when I first read Mayor Nikuyah Walker’s Facebook post where she compared her experience as a Black woman in this city to rape, I found myself haunted by memories of the worst moments of my life. And yet, when a woman compares an experience to rape, you consider it seriously.

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