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Duke University removes Robert E. Lee statue from chapel entrance

Posted August 19

— Duke University President Vincent E. Price on Saturday morning authorized the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from the entrance of the Duke University Chapel.

In a statement, Price said the decision to remove the statue, which was vandalized Wednesday night, was done to ensure the safety of students and community members and to express the university’s values.

“Wednesday night’s act of vandalism made clear that the turmoil and turbulence of recent months do not stop at Duke’s gates. We have a responsibility to come together as a community to determine how we can respond to this unrest in a way that demonstrates our firm commitment to justice,” Price said in a statement.

The statue of Lee was one of 10 historical figures adorning the exterior of the chapel.

Price said that he plans to create a commission, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, trustees and members of the Durham community, to advise on how to memorialize individuals on the Duke campus in the future.

The university also plans to explore various aspects of its history over the next year through exhibitions,, conversations and forums.

“As this process moves forward, I welcome your thoughts about how Duke can best address the troubling events of the past few months, learn from a careful and unvarnished understanding of our national and institutional history and build a stronger, more inclusive future as a university community,” Price said.

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  • Ashley Moore Aug 20, 2:33 p.m.
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    Jesus is love.

  • George Brown Aug 20, 9:45 a.m.
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    The little alligator on my navy Izod knitted sport shirt's getting a wide mouth guffaw.

  • George Brown Aug 20, 9:42 a.m.
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    Is this blood letting satisfying the black or hispanic populations or is this La Raza's swipe at white southern sensitibilities? I see tunnel vision widespread.

  • Joe Eastland Aug 20, 8:18 a.m.
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    And another thing...

    On another story here at WRAL covering Rv. Barber, the poster stated that Barber had done more for the poor and downtrodden than anyone else in North Carolina.

    ...And there folks is the truth...a freudian slip that outs the actual truth behind all this uproar about Conferderate statues. It has NOTHING to do with race. It has EVERYTHING to do with MONEY...or lack of it by those who feel the government, everyone else, and specifically WHITES redistribute wealth to the poor.

    That is it folks...this is a rich vs poor NOT a racial or black vs white.

    Why were the Durham stature attackers and those who got arrested all part of the the communist World Workers Party?

    Wake up folks. Don't let the shell game fool you.

  • Joe Eastland Aug 20, 8:05 a.m.
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    Regarding all this and what went on in Virginia...am I the only one that finds it extremely odd the the organizer of the Virginia event was an Obama supporter and voted for Obama?

    Yes, that is correct. Jason Kessler, the supposed organizer of the "White" protest in Virginia actually voted for Obama. There is also a back and forth argument about his involvement in the Occupy Wallstreet movement.

    Unfortunately, some conspiracy theorist have taken this and tried to link him to other things that were blatently not true but the fact remains that he supported and voted for Obama and he was involved in the Occupy Wallstreet movement to some extent. This alone is disturbing at the least, and leads to more questions about who is behind Jason Kessler and who had the most to gain by his actions? The left? Democrats?

    Why isn't anyone asking...demanding answers to these questions?

  • Charlie Watkins Aug 20, 7:13 a.m.
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    The statue is down and racism has been defeated.

  • Quid Malmborg Aug 20, 7:12 a.m.
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    In America we support the victims not the perpetrators. In this case the victims are clearly African Americans at the hands of European Americans (I hear David Duke likes that term) who are clearly the perps for having created the American institution of Slavery. Since Slavery has been acknowledged by our Government as Evil then we must remove all monuments to this Evil, while preserving and creating those to people who fought against this Evil.

    So no, MLK memorials won't get removed, street names won't get changed, museums won't be closed, etc. The bigotry from you lot is the problem. That's why you feel the way you do.

  • Carrie Hurrelbrink Aug 19, 11:37 p.m.
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    Mark my words! These statues will be placed back if not we will fight back for our heritage. Confederate comes down then so does the rest including MLK, african-american museums and ect. Try to erase History and it shall repeat itself.

  • John Lobenstein Aug 19, 11:33 p.m.
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    "“As this process moves forward, I welcome your thoughts about how Duke can best address the troubling events of the past few months, learn from a careful and unvarnished understanding of our national and institutional history and build a stronger, more inclusive future as a university community,” Price said."

    The best long term solution is not to become hostages of creative victimologists.

  • Nathaniel Lincoln Aug 19, 10:59 p.m.
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    my how could I forget the kkk Robert Byrd connection , the Margaret Sanger racist abortionist medal , the Marxism Original rebel ode to Lucifer tribute ? the email scandal ? Lolita Express. I'm sure I'm missing a few dozen more evil things . I'm not making this up people

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