‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. Open to Removal of Washington, Jefferson Statues


Hamilton’s “Aaron Burr” actor Leslie Odom Jr. says public statues should be erected to “inspire us, teach us, and give us hope, but if they no longer do so, communities can decide that they don’t want them anymore — even when it comes to statues of America’s Founding Fathers.”

Odom told TMZ his week that no statue should be “off the table for discussion” on whether or not it one day could be removed saying:

“If we decide as a community that this bronze commemoration is no longer doing that, if it’s no longer inspiring us, if it’s no longer making us feel great about ourselves, they come down for a while, or forever. You can reexamine things in the future, but if a statue has to come down for a minute, we’re allowed to do that. We’re even allowed to do that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington,” he added. “We’re allowed to. They’re not off the table for discussion. I think it’s a great question.”

Odom’s comments come as left-wing activists across the country are mobilizing to remove Confederate monuments and other Civil War statues from public places.

This week, Baltimore took down four Confederate statues from public spaces in the middle of the night, with the city council approving the move in a unanimous vote. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh telling the Baltimore Sun:

“They needed to come down. My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”

Democratic activists — including members of the Council on American Islamic Relations and Antifa — led a national push for the removal of Confederate statues in recent days, after a rally organized to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville Saturday turned deadly. President Trump mentioned the effort in a press conference Tuesday in Manhattan, specifically questioning whether states of Washington and Jefferson might be next.

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