Lawrence Jones Offers African-American Perspective On Confederate Statue Debate

On “Fox and Friends,” TheBlaze host Lawrence B. Jones III gave his take on ongoing debate about whether or not Confederate statues should be removed.

“You know, some of the statues I don’t like. But it doesn’t change the lives of black Americans,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, racists are going to be racist. And I’m not saying that everyone that supports these statues are racist.”

Jones further argued that improving the economic position of African-African communities is more important than removing statues.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think the statues actually impact the day-to-day lives of black folks,” he contended.

“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy asked Jones whether he felt the decision to remove the statues or not should be discussed within individual communities.

Jones answered that these sort of discussions are definitely appropriate. Nonetheless, vandalism should not be tolerated.

“You can’t just go around taking them down,” Jones stated.

“You can’t do it yourself,” Doocy said.

“That’s out of order,” Jones exclaimed.

Jones also talked about the possibility of this issue being addressed in a civil manner.

“This has been an emotional week. I mean, for everyone, on all sides of the issue. But I do think it’s good to have this conversation. Unfortunately, when you’re having these conversations with friends and colleagues, it starts to get very emotional in the sense that people are called ‘racist’ and all that. And I don’t think that’s healthy,” Jones noted.

He further highlighted the fact that this discussion has been going on since the Civil War.

“I think it’s good we’re having the conversation, but please be civil about it. There’s (sic) passionate people from all sides. You have people whose family members fought in the Confederacy and so they have their opinions on it as well. And historians go back-and-forth on what they feel is the correct history,” Jones stated.


First reported by TheBlaze.