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Donald Trump was combative at his news conference on Aug. 15 .According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are more than 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces, 109 public schools named after prominent Confederates, many with large African-American student populations, and more than 700 Confederate monuments and statues on public property throughout the country.Of the first 12 presidents of the United States, 10 owned slaves while in office.During his presidential campaign in southern Illinois, he once proclaimed: "I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races ... I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people". He was thus echoing the position of Jefferson above, and of practically all other founding fathers.So why should the statue of Jefferson Davis be downed, while that of Andrew Jackson remain? Is a slave owner and slave trader who killed Indians savagely and indiscriminately like Jackson more worthy of having iconic statues of him on public property than a General like Lee who fought on the side of maintaining slavery?
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