NAACP Says Robert E Lee Painting Must Be Removed Because It’s Racist

James Muwakkil, President of the Lee County, FL chapter of the NAACP, has petitioned the local commission to remove a portrait of General Robert E. Lee from their chambers. The reason? Muwakkil claims the portrait symbolizes racism.

Lee County was named after military hero Robert E. Lee just 22 years after the close of the ware between the states, The Washington Times notes. The portrait has hung in the County Commission chambers for years now.

“That painting is a symbol of racism,” Muwakkil wrote in a letter, “It’s a symbol of divisiveness, and it doesn’t unify Lee County. It divides Lee County.

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