On Thursday, the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which sits in a South Carolina public park, started asking questions about its location.
It’s the subject of a long-running controversy over whether it is a real statue or a fake one.
The city of Columbia recently agreed to remove it.
The statue’s creator, Andrew White, has denied that the statue is a fake, saying he didn’t realize it was a real Confederate soldier until it was pointed out to him.
The Confederate General Robert E Lee statue in Charleston.
“It was pointed at me by someone in the street,” White told the Charleston City Council in 2015.
“I didn’t know until I was told it was real.
So when you point at somebody and you see them as a real person, it’s real.
It makes you feel good to see it that way.”
The controversy erupted after city officials received a tip from a resident who thought the statue was an actual statue of Lee.
A few days later, White and others took to the city council’s floor to voice their displeasure with the decision.
The public forum was a huge success for the citizens, with dozens of protesters demonstrating in front of the council chambers.
The citizens were not pleased that the city had allowed a fake statue to remain in public.
“When you have statues that are in public places, then you are going to start to look at what’s happening on the ground,” said Robert Linn, who lives on the city’s North Side.
“What are we going to be doing?
We’re going to have to get rid of the statues and start over.”
The city council voted 8-2 to ask the city attorney to file a formal complaint with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Southern Coalition for Law and Justice (SCLA), and the NAACP to “ensure that the removal of these monuments is not done without prior notice and reasonable opportunity for comment.”
The decision came after several protests by the citizens and some outside organizations.
The mayor, Mark P. Williams, called the actions “inappropriate” and a “violation of the First Amendment.”
A representative for the mayor did not immediately return our request for comment.
The City Council has a long history of making controversial decisions.
In 2017, the city adopted a resolution calling for the removal from public places of any Confederate statues, including the one in Charleston, South Carolina.
The resolution also included a section to require the removal and replacement of the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds.