Jeh Johnson: Removing Confederate Statues A Matter Of "Public Safety And Security"

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Obama administration DHS secretary Jeh Johnson weighs in on the issue of removing statues of historical figures deemed to be racist or oppressive.

What alarms so many of us, from a security perspective, is that so many of the statues, the Confederate monuments, are now, modern-day, becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK. And this is most alarming. We fought a world war against Nazism. The KKK rained terror on African-Americans for generations. And so a number of Americans, rightly, Republican and Democrat, are very concerned and very alarmed. And I salute those in cities and states who are taking down a lot of these monuments for reasons of public safety and security.

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