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‘I was wrong’ Joe Morrissey admits about Jefferson Davis removal

Posted at 8:26 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 06:43:38-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Two weeks after calling for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on Monument Avenue, Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey says he made a mistake.

“I don’t think I thought that through,” Morrissey said to CBS 6 Monday. “In my mind, I was generating a conversation.”

On September 26, Morrissey held a press conference saying the monument is "a political statue that glorified a failed political organization and championed a cause – slavery – that all Americans now find abhorrent."

“In hindsight, I was wrong… I was wrong,” he said. “What I think would be better is if we created a statue where you unify folks and brought them together.”

Morrissey suggested building a monument similar to one at the State Capitol that honors African-American Union and Confederate soldiers who united after the Civil War.

"I’m not perfect, I think I should have thought that one through better,” Morrissey said. “I think I was reacting because I was talking to so many people of color that really felt pain that there was a monument to an individual, a politician, who espoused a case, slavery, that many people find anathema.”

Virginia law prohibits localities from removing war monuments or memorials, but the law is murky.

For more on CBS 6's conversation with Morrissey, click here.