while many US municipalities. UU They have begun to remove Confederate monuments in light of the violent rally of white supremacy last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Americans in some places are taking action on the matter.
In several cities where officials did not take steps to eliminate the monuments that honored those who fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War, citizens began to commit acts of vandalism, including collapsing a statue of their pedestal.
This is where the protesters make their objection to the celebrations of the Confederation high and clear.
Statue of Confederate soldier in Durham, North Carolina
On Monday night, protesters in Durham, North Carolina, shot down a 15-foot statue depicting an armed Confederate soldier. The monument, which had been in front of the Old Durham County Courthouse for decades, included the inscription "In Memory of Children Wearing Gray" with a Confederate Seal.
Police arrested four people in connection with the vandalism.
One of them, Takiyah Thompson, a 22-year-old student who admitted her participation, received a shower of support online. He could face 25 months and 41 months in prison for each felony charge related to vandalism.
The actions of the protesters occurred the same day that President Donald Trump said there were "very good people" among the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville.
Monument to Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway near Phoenix
The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway Monument in the East Valley, part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, was tarred and feathered, Fox 10 reported on Thursday.
The monument bears the name of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.
Statue of Robert E. Lee in Durham
A statue depicting Confederate General Robert E. Lee in front of a chapel at Duke University was defaced overnight, he said Thursday. a spokesperson for the university.
The face of the statue was damaged in the attack and his nose was removed.
The university condemned people acting on their own.
"For an individual or group of individuals to take matters into their own hands and to vandalize a house of worship undermines the right, protected in our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, of every student and employee of Duke to fully participate in university life" said Duke president Vince Price in a statement. "To that end, earlier this week I began to consult with students, teachers, alumni and others about ways we can use this topic to teach, learn and heal, together, and together, we will determine an appropriate course of action. informed by our collective values. "
Statue of Confederate soldier in Wilmington, North Carolina
A Confederate memorial was vandalized twice in Wilmington, North Carolina, earlier this week, said the police.
On Tuesday, officers found that a white flag had been hung on the weapon of a statue depicting a Confederate soldier and that his head and feet had been spray painted, reported local affiliate WECT 6.
On Wednesday, officers discovered a rope tied around the neck of the statue. Officials believe the rope had been tied to a vehicle as part of an attempt to tear down the monument, the station reported.
Statue of Confederate Soldier in Leesburg, Virginia
A statue of a Confederate soldier in Leesburg, Virginia, was defaced with obscene graffiti sometime early Thursday, the county Sheriff's Office said. Loudoun.
The vandals also left a graffiti message on the bronze monument that read "Lost," reports The Washington Post.
The 109-year-old statue in Leesburg, about 100 miles from Charlottesville, has been controversial for a long time, Loudoun Times-Mirror said Thursday
Former Leesburg mayor Kristen Umstattd, who is now a member of the county board of supervisors, told the newspaper she was not surprised residents were attacking in this way.
"We always hope that nobody destroys any statue, building or fence," he said. "But considering how high the emotions are at this moment, especially in reaction to the president's shameful failure to condemn the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacists, I think they're going to see more of this frustration all over the south. , the Midwest, wherever these Confederate monuments are still standing. "
Sebastian Murdock contributed to the reports.