Ohio Town Takes Down, Then Reinstates Confederate Monument
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Last month, in the wake of Charlottesville, when KKK and
neo-Nazis chanted “Jews will not replace us!” and killed an
anti-racist counterprotester as they fought for the Confederacy
down the streets of Virginia, a handful of cities across the country finally
began to tear down the their Confederate monuments. A city crew
in Franklin Township, Ohio, took down a stone marker honoring
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
That promising gesture lasted an entire month, until residents
realized their beloved icon of white supremacy was missing.
Without it, I imagine they thought, how else would visitors
know white people control this land? The AP reports that after public
outrage, local residents raised $2,000 to have the plaque
repaired and reinstalled.
While city officials are still determining where the
refurbished stone will be placed, local residents have taken it
upon themselves to remind their black neighbors that they’re
not welcome. “We do not negotiate with terrorists,” reads a
poster that replaced the marker. “BLM is a terrorist
organization.” How charming.