North Carolina governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday seemed to change his mind on whether Confederate monuments should continue to stand in his state after a statute was toppled in Durham on Monday night.
"Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states' rights. But history is not on their side," Cooper wrote in a statement. "We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down."
The Democratic governor did acknowledge the importance of remembering Civil War history, but added that it belonged in "textbooks and museums."
Cooper's comments come less than 24 hours after he tweeted about the toppling of a statute Monday in Durham. The statue was pulled down during a protest responding to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend.
"The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments #durham," he wrote.
Cooper outlined that "better way" on Tuesday by proposing that the North Carolina legislature repeal a 2015 law that prevents the removal or relocation of monuments and then vote down a bill granting immunity from liability to motorists who strike protesters.