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Georgia reaction to Charlottesville

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Civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said Wednesday he’s been concerned more about substance than symbols when it comes to Confederate memorials.

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His remarks come amid renewed debate over Confederate symbols after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

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On Monday, Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia held what at times was a noisy town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University.  

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Isakson drew cheers when he began with remarks condemning the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But he got more questions -- and occasional shouted criticism -- on health care than on any other single subject.

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More than half of Georgia’s representatives condemned the deadly violence that took place following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

Both U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, tweeted about the terrorist attack by James Alex Fields Jr, a 20-year-old white man. He was charged with second-degree murder for crashing his car into a group of counter-protestors.