VA Senate Candidate Discusses Race, Confederate Monuments

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E.W. Jackson speaking to a crowded room. E.W. Jackson speaking to a crowded room.

One of several Republicans hoping to become the next United States senator from Virginia discussed race and confederate monuments at the DoubleTree Hotel in Albemarle County on Sunday. 

Republican candidate for the United States Senate, E.W. Jackson, discussed his take on race, Confederate monuments, and the nation’s history to a packed room.

Jackson's campaign says no Senate candidate in post-Civil War history has ever given a speech on race because it's considered too risky, but he believes that talking about race is vital to our social progress as a nation.

"As an American of African descent, I’m not a fan of the Confederacy, but I’m a fan of American history," said Jackson.

Jackson says his goal is to help people who support the Confederacy understand why some people are sensitive to it and vice versa. 

The Republican hopeful says that the leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed of where our country is. 

"I think Dr. King would be appalled that race would be used as a political weapon to try to destroy an opponent," said Jackson. 

He adds that while there are some people who benefit from using race to divide the nation, he thinks the majority of Americans want us to be ‘one nation under God, with liberty, and justice for all.’

"I think underneath the division, we care about one another,” stated Jackson. “The way forward is in part getting in touch with that again."

Jackson is one of three people running for the Republican nomination, which will be decided on June 12. 

The winner will challenge Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine.