White nationalists to rally in Lexington, Kentucky, against removing Confederate monuments

Matthew Heimbach, Traditionalist Worker Party chairman, said that the rally does not have a set date yet but that they wish to have it "sooner rather than later."
By Rick Docksai | Aug 19, 2017
As many Americans continue to mourn the deadly violence of last weekend's white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., a consortium of white-nationalist groups are planning another rally to take place in Lexington, Ky. The rally's primary cause will be the same as last weekend's: officials' plans to remove local Confederate statues.

The statues are of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan and John Breckenridge, the Confederacy's secretary of war. The two statues are now situated outside the former Fayette County Courthouse, but Lexington's mayor, Jim Gray, announced Saturday that he wanted to relocate them to an area for war memorials in Veterans Park.

Gray made this announcement within hours of reports of violence erupting at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Numerous cities and counties have either removed Confederate monuments or drafted plans to remove them in the days since.

"Everyone needs to understand that we are planning to relocate the statues, not destroy them," Gray said in a follow-up statement Monday. "We want to establish an opportunity to learn our authentic history so history will not repeat itself."
But the Lexington mayor's proposal faces the opposition of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a group that advocates for white separatism and that blames Jews for many societal problems. The group is coordinating a protest rally with other likeminded groups under the umbrella of the Nationalist Front.

Matthew Heimbach, Traditionalist Worker Party chairman, said that the rally does not have a set date yet but that they wish to have it "sooner rather than later." He said that they may additionally sue the city to prevent the statues' removal.

Heimbach blasted the move proposal as an attempt "to replace and erase us," meaning white people. He said that people in the Lexington area asked his group to get involved.

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