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This former president called Robert E. Lee a great American -- are his statues next to come down?

Mike Opelka
(Photo credit should read YURI LASHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In the wake of Baltimore's overnight move to take down all Confederate statues in the city, Chicago Pastor James Dukes wants Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove statues of George Washington and Andrew Jackson from Chicago parks of the same name. Both were slave owners.

Dukes, who is pastor of the Liberation Christian Center, is not calling for a change of the park names. He does want the context of the names to reflect what he views as less racist figures, such as former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and Reverend Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.

Mike Opelka, who hails from Chicago, had a pointed question for the pastor on today's "Pure Opelka." He first quoted oft-quoted progressive hero, former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who once said of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that he was "one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen."

Mike asked, "Why isn’t anybody standing up and pointing to that?” and wondered what happens after we erase all traces of our less noble history.

To see more from Mike, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pure Opelka” weekdays noon–3 p.m. ET, “Pure Opelka Replay” weekdays midnight–3 a.m. ET & “Pure Opelka” Saturdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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