Unlike some others, Lake Highlands Councilman Adam McGough is not known for expressing too many opinions about issues that don’t directly affect the neighborhood, at least not publicly. But he broke tradition this week in a strongly worded Facebook post that called for the removal of city monuments for Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee, joining the heated debate that has blanketed the country, triggering the violent attack in Charlottesville.
“I stand with my brothers and sisters and call for the expeditious relocation of confederate monuments in Dallas. I call for a great commitment to engage in a purposeful and meaningful discussion to thoughtfully address the long-term outcomes that may include permanently relocating these statues, modifying them, or even maintaining them only if there is some consensus story of redemption, progress and unity that may arise,” McGough wrote.
Others on the council have called for the memorials to be removed, leading Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway to tell WFAA they would be “down before Christmas.” The question remaining is what will happen to the statues if and when they are pulled from city parks.
Read McGough’s full statement below: