A group of mostly African Americans has formed to push back on calls to remove confederate statues in Dallas, Texas.
Former city council member Sandra Crenshaw is joining with several other African Americans in Dallas to seek the monuments protection, arguing not all blacks are supportive of their removal.
"I'm not intimidated by Robert E. Lee's statue. I'm not intimidated by it. It doesn't scare me," Crenshaw told CBS Dallas. "We don't want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this."
The group also consists of Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans, the CBS report said.
City Councilor Philip Kingston has proposed a measure that would bar the monuments from public land and would establish a task force to determine the future of the statues.
While Kingston feels the monuments are a "distortion of history," Crenshaw disagrees and believes removing them will do little to ease rising racial tensions.
"Some people think that by taking a statue down, that's going to erase racism," Crenshaw said, calling the notion "misguided."
The Dallas City Council will vote over the next month on whether the city should remove all Confederate monuments throughout the city and rename schools, city parks, and other public facilities named after Confederate figures.
"People that support neo-Nazis and white supremacists should be called out for what they are: pure evil," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Monday. He promised to address the attack and "related issues" during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.