Last weekend, the nation’s 1,500 or so Confederate monuments shot to the front of the national consciousness when violence rocked the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, and left three people dead. This violence was fueled by thousands of white supremacists gathering in the town to “protest” the city’s plans to take down a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Now, in the latest of a series of similar incidents across the country, a monument to the Confederacy in Arizona has been tarred and feathered.
In the Civil War era, tarring and feathering was used as a form of public humiliation, often against those advocating for civil rights for African American people. Thus, the protester responsible for the vandalism surely had this bit of poetic justice in mind when committing the act.
It’s unknown at present who carried out this symbolic vandalism, and a local Fox affiliate reports that an “investigation is ongoing.”
In a separate incident of a monument to the Confederacy being vandalized, at least one person so far has been arrested for their part in toppling a statue honoring the Confederacy this week in North Carolina. Arrest warrants are outstanding for other individuals involved in the incident.
On a slightly more positive note, in the days since the violence in Charlottesville, the city of Baltimore moved to remove all four of their statues honoring the Confederacy. They completed the job literally in the middle of the night earlier this week.
As for the monument that set off this national conversation and controversy — the statue of General Lee in Charlottesville — it’s still up — for now. The city moved to take it down earlier this year but their plans were delayed by at least six months by a court order that resulted from lawsuits against the city by white nationalist aligned groups.
The tarred and feathered monument in Arizona is a sight to behold, and you can check it out below via photos from local reporter Steve Krafft.
— Steve Krafft Fox 10 (@SKrafftFox10) August 17, 2017
This is the second instance of a monument to the Confederacy in Arizona being vandalized in just the past week. On Thursday morning, the Confederate Troops Memorial in Phoenix was discovered to have been spray painted white.
Trump has spoken out in support of keeping Confederate monuments up — meaning he has literally aligned himself with racists who died almost 200 years ago.
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