On Thursday morning, the Jefferson Davis Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia, was found to be vandalized. Located on Monument Street in the Fan District, the statue built in Davis’ honor now bears the phrase “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on the side.
This phrase has been used by the national black community in protest of incidents of police brutality in the U.S. over the past few months. Though, it now applies to the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag and all icons associated with racism and hatred.
Similar incidents of statues and monuments being vandalized have happened all over the country. In light of the recent Charleston shooting massacre, politicians and lawmakers across the southeast have begun to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from all public establishments, including the capitol building in Colombia, South Carolina.
On Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe put out an order to halt all production of license plates that have Confederate flag emblems on them. Moreover, he stated all Confederate plates will be gone within, “90 to 120 days.”
No other Confederate monuments in Richmond have been vandalized as of now. Monument Avenue also features statues of J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee, all southern Civil War generals.
By Alex Lemieux
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