The clash between white nationalist groups and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday has fueled calls from elected officials for Confederate statues and monuments to be removed from public parks, state legislatures, and even the halls of Congress.
White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed on Saturday over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. One woman died and others were injured when a suspected Nazi sympathizer drove his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.
Since then, state and local officials have begun re-evaluating their own Confederate statues, just as many examined the issue of Confederate flags following the 2015 mass shooting by a white supremacist at a church in Charleston, S.C.
Already, some cities such as Baltimore have removed statues, while protesters in Durham, N.C., toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier that stood outside the old Durham County courthouse.
On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called for Confederate statues located in the U.S. Capitol to be removed.
Here's what mayors, city council members, governors and members of Congress are saying about the Confederate monuments they want removed:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker [Paul] Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately."
Durham, N.C., Mayor Bill Bell, a Democrat: "The tearing down of the statue represents the frustrations of the people in attendance last night, given the climate in this country and specifically what happened in Charlottesville."
Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat: "It certainly doesn't belong there. … It's the appropriate time to remove it."
"[It] would send a message that we condone what took place, that slavery is alright."
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican: "While we cannot hide from our history — nor should we — the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history."
Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray, a Democrat: "I don't think it's right ... that we would honor and glorify Confederate men who fought to preserve slavery and honor them on the very grounds that slaves were once sold at auction."
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a Democrat: "The mayor has the right to protect her city. For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any of the violence that was occurring around the nation. We don't need that in Baltimore."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, on busts of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson: "There are many great Americans, many of them New Yorkers worthy of a spot in this great hall. These two Confederates are not among them."
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, a Democrat: "What happened in Charlottesville this weekend is the result of hatred, pure and simple. I condemn it. White supremacist, the KKK, and Nazis have no place in our city or any city. I'm also glad to see more people joining our cause to remove the Confederate statues in our city. We continue to work toward the day this is possible."
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat: Some people cling to the belief that the Civil War was fought over states' rights. But history is not on their side. We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery. These monuments should come down.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat: "As we attempt to heal and learn from the tragic events in Charlottesville, I encourage Virginia's localities and the General Assembly — which are vested with the legal authority — to take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings. I hope we can all now agree that these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion and equality in Virginia and, while the decision may not be mine to make, I believe the path forward is clear."
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, a Democrat: "These monuments should be part of our dark past and not of our bright future. I personally believe they are offensive and need to be removed. But I believe more in the importance of dialogue and transparency by pursuing a responsible process to consider the full weight of this decision."
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat: "It's easy to jump on the bandwagon and say tear them down because it is frankly politically correct and makes us all feel good. I feel that way. But I hesitate. And the reason is I realize the city of Dallas is better, stronger when we are united and not divided. … I think they are dangerous totems in our Dallas society because they divide us versus unite us."
Gainesville, Fla., Mayor Lauren Poe, a Democrat: "We should not glorify a part of our history in front of our buildings that really is a testament to America's original sin."
Jacksonville, Fla., City Council President Anna Brosche, a Republican: "These monuments, memorials, and markers represent a time in our history that caused pain to so many."
San Antonio Councilman Roberto Trevino, on removing statue mistakenly identified as Col. William Travis: "This is not an important art piece, but a monument to power. It was put in to remind people of that power. It is an unfortunate message of hate, and we think it's important to relocate it."