Jeff Paul reports at CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth:
The debate about Confederate statues in Dallas intensified on Monday as a group made up of predominantly African Americans called for the monuments to remain standing.
Several cities across America have now begun to remove or talk about removing Confederate markers shortly after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly.
Former city council member Sandra Crenshaw thinks removing the statues won't help.
"I'm not intimidated by Robert E. Lee's statue. I'm not intimidated by it. It doesn't scare me," said Crenshaw. "We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this."
"Crenshaw, along with some Buffalo Solider historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans are coming together to help protect the Confederate markers from toppling over in Dallas," the CBS local reports.
In their view, monuments such as those in the Freedman’s Cemetery "tell an important story and help heal racial wounds," Paul reports.
"Some people think that by taking a statue down, that's going to erase racism," Crenshaw said, according to the CBS affiliate. "Misguided."