Confederate Monument Defaced in Charleston
Protesters in South Carolina have defaced a monument honoring a confederate soldier who defended the city of Charleston during the Civil War.
The defacing of the monument appears to be in response to last week’s deadly shooting that claimed the lives of nine innocent Black churchgoers by a lone white gunman at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
Dylan Storm Roof, 21, is being held on $1 million bond. The tragedy is being investigated as a hate crime.
The vandal(s) spray-painted the base with the words, “Black Lives Matter” and “This is the problem #racist”
They also called out Charleston’s mayor and governor, Joe Riley and Nikki Haley, who they accused of defending the evil act: “Riley and Haley – Why defend this evil -This the root of our evil.”
Haley has been openly criticized for her statement on the matter:
“Michael, Rena, Nalin and I are praying for the victims and families touched by tonight’s senseless tragedy at Emanuel AME Church. While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another. Please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers.”
On Sunday, Emanuel A.M.E. reopened its doors to hold a vigil for the nine victims who died while attending Bible study on Wednesday.
Both Riley and Haley attended the services, the first since the shooting occurred.