Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Confederate monument in Arizona tarred, feathered

Confederate monument in Arizona tarred, feathered

In the days since Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced his plan to relocate the two confederate statues downtown, there's been a lot of talk about what to do with the Jefferson Davis statue that stands in the capitol building.

An investigation is underway after a monument for the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway in Arizona was tarred and feathered, KSAZ-TV reported. The spray paint, which was not as hard to remedy, has since been removed. The state's department of public safety is investigating the matter.

The latest vandalism comes less than 24 hours after the same statue was light heartedly donned with a second-place participation banner.

State Rep. Reginald Bolding, who is black and has been demanding the removal of such monuments, said the vandalism ruffled his feathers.

Leaders of the Kentucky Chapter of the NAACP say they are planning to host a meeting over the next few weeks to plot their course of action on how to get the statue removed as quickly as possible.

US President Donald Trump yesterday (17 August) denounced the removal of "beautiful" Confederate statues that will be "greatly missed".

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", the president tweeted.

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has refused to remove Confederate monuments in the state, despite growing criticism across the USA after violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, left one person dead and dozens injured. "You.can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?" Statues have also been vandalized or toppled by protesters in other cities. "It's not about history".

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