While everyone wants us to believe the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is all about protest over the proposed removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, Dr. Wes Bellamy, was on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered‘ yesterday where he said this…

NPR: This was all sparked by the staute of Robert E. Lee?

Vice-Mayor Bellamy: No. This is not all sparked by a statue of Robert E. Lee. We have to keep in mind that this is a city and an area that literally shut down schools during the massive resistance of the 1950s instead of integrating them. This is a city/area that literally tore down an entire African American community called Vineger Hills. This is an area that only a few years ago African America males were being stopped and their mouths were being swabbed by police officers looking for DNA. No, this did not just start with the statue. The statue is what some indiviuals are using as a mask to hide and utilize to push out their hateful agenda. This isn’t a statue issue. This is white supremacy…

NPR: …We have to leave it right there. This has been Wes Bellamy, Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville, Virgina. Wes, thank you.