Aug 15, 2017

Confederate statue toppled in North Carolina

"A protest in downtown Durham [last evening] left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground," per The Herald-Sun's Virginia Bridges:

  • "The statue did a somersault, collapsing against the stone pedestal in front of the old county courthouse on East Main Street. Protesters cheered and started to kick the crumpled mass."
  • "Gov. Roy Cooper [D] criticized the action, tweeting that 'the racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments."
  • Why it matters: "There are about 120 Civil War memorials across the state ... About 100 are clearly monuments related to the Confederacy."
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