Civil rights leaders slam Ducey over confederate monuments

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Community leaders called on Doug Ducey to bring down the Confederate monuments in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Community leaders called on Doug Ducey to bring down the Confederate monuments in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
There are six Confederate memorials on state land throughout Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There are six Confederate memorials on state land throughout Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Ducey said on Monday he condemned racial bigotry but has no interest in tearing down Confederate monuments and memorials in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ducey said on Monday he condemned racial bigotry but has no interest in tearing down Confederate monuments and memorials in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Civil rights and other community leaders slammed Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday, saying the governor is trying to have it "both ways" when it comes to issues of race. 

While they recognized his condemnation of Nazis, the KKK and other White Nationalists groups, they accused the governor of failing to follow up his talk with action. 

[SLIDESHOW: Where are Arizona's Confederate monuments?]

[SLIDESHOW: Confederate monuments throughout the country]

They want the governor to jump into the controversy over Confederate monuments and use his power to remove them from state property. 

"We are asking Gov. Ducey to explain himself. We want a meeting with Gov. Ducey to understand why it is such an issue to take down these symbols of hate. Gov. Ducey, you can not have it both ways," said Reginald Walton, chairman of Arizona Black Lives Matter. 

[RAW VIDEO: African American civic leaders in AZ discuss official NAACP stance against Confederate monuments]

On Monday, following a weekend of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Ducey said he condemned racial bigotry but has no interest in tearing down Confederate monuments and memorials in Arizona. 

[READ MORE: Ducey has no 'desire or mission' to remove Confederate monuments on state land]

[WATCH RAW VIDEO: Gov. Doug Ducey answers Dennis Welch's questions about Confederate monuments in Arizona]

There are six Confederate memorials on state land throughout Arizona, including one at Wesley Bolin Plaza right by the State Capitol. 

  1. Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery (Phoenix)
  2. Wesley Bolin Memorial Park (Phoenix)
  3. Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery (Sierra Vista)
  4. Picacho Peak State Park (Picacho)
  5. Dragoon Spring
  6. U.S. 60 at Peralta Road (Apache Junction)

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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