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Governor Bevin addresses Charlottesville violence ahead of KY State Fair

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Kentucky's governor is welcoming everyone to the state fair, in light of racial tension throughout the nation.

Just before Thursday morning's Commodity Breakfast, Gov. Matt Bevin addressed the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"What we've made clear from the very beginning to any and all people is that there's no room for racial intolerance in this state. There just isn't," Bevin said. 

He went on to say, "Our state has always done and continues to do a pretty stellar job of exemplifying what harmony does have the possibility of looking like."

One person was killed in Charlottesville Aug. 12 when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally.

Bevin also addressed the growing concern about statues that some in Louisville are calling racist.

"Individual citizens aren't allowed to go and simply put statues and memorials up for any particular reason," Bevin said. 

"It is as a result of public discourse and conversation. Often times committees of individuals get together and decide these things. These committees still exist at the state level, at the local level. And these are the kinds of things I would encourage people to continue to discuss."

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has pushed to remove confederate statues in that city. Earlier this week, Bevin said getting rid of confederate statues in the state would be "a sanitization of history."

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