Governor candidate says Confederate carving will stay

Stone Mountain (SOURCE: WGCL)

The man who wants to become Georgia's next governor has weighed in on what he'll do with the Confederate carving at Stone Mountain Park.

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, who is facing a runoff election for the Republican nomination with Secretary of State Brian Kemp, assures voters he'll protect the carving.

State law already protects the memorial and bans anyone from removing it or covering it up.

"There are many extreme organizations that are trying to erase history, which you cannot erase," says Cagle. "You can add to history and we support that, but the idea of blasting stone mountain is not something I am in favor of."

Kemp also wrote in a tweet that he favors protecting the Stone Mountain carving.

I agree with Secretary of State @CondoleezzaRice that it's best to 'keep your history before you.' I will protect Stone Mountain - and the carvings on it - because we should learn from the past - not attempt to re-write it. #gapol #gagop #tcot #maga— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) July 3, 2018

The push to remove the Confederate memorial started after the 2015 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina where Dylann Roof killed nine people, all African Americans, including senior pastor and state senator Clementa C. Pinckney, and injured one other person.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joined the push last year by calling the memorial a blight on our state. But according to state law, the memorial must be preserved and protected for all time, in what the law calls "a tribute to Georgians who suffered and died in the cause."

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