In the wake of the violence resulting from the Charlottesville rally, some seem to have forgotten that the event was originally assembled to protest the decision by the Charlottesville City Council to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in downtown Charlottesville.
The Washington Post reports that, in direct response to the events in Charlottesville, leftist protesters in Durham, North Carolina have now toppled a Confederate monument in their own city.
At 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, anti-fascist and leftist protesters met in front of the Confederate monument at the Durham County courthouse for an “emergency protest” in solidarity with the anti-fascist counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville. Members of several leftist groups like the Triangle People’s Assembly, Workers World Party, Industrial Workers of the World, and the Democratic Socialists of America were in attendance.
— Amy Cutler (@AmyCutlerNews) August 14, 2017
By 7:15 PM, protestors had secured a rope around the Confederate statue, and dragged the monument to the ground. Once it had been dragged to the ground, protesters began kicking and spitting on the statue. Local deputies recorded the incident, but did not intervene in the moment.
— Derrick Lewis (@DerrickQLewis) August 14, 2017
The 15-foot-tall bronze statue, dedicated in 1924, depicts an unnamed Confederate soldier standing atop a granite column adorned with the Confederate seal. The inscription on the monument reads, “In memory of the boys who wore the grey,” in reference to the grey uniforms of the Confederate Army.
The fallen statue was one of four at the courthouse memorializing the veterans of wars, the others honoring veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. These other statues were untouched by protestors.
Some of those protestors may now face criminal charges. According to Fox News, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews announced that his department is looking to identify those responsible and bring charges against them.
In response to the toppling of the Confederate statue, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted that “the racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”
Next, read about the petition to replace a Florida Confederate monument with a statue to a local, beloved manatee. Then, learn about how gerrymandering in North Carolina is disenfranchising many state residents.