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Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

Amid chants of “No KKK! No fascists! USA!,” protesters toppled a monument to the Confederacy in Durham, N.C. Monday night.

This video, posted to Twitter, shows the crowd pulling at the statue with a long rope:

Local CBS News affiliate WNCN reports that the monument was dedicated in Durham in 1924 and placed directly outside a government building.

The statue represented a Confederate soldier who fought in the Civil War and had “The Confederate States of America” inscribed on its front.

WNCN spoke to at least one protester who said the action was taken in response to the violent white supremacist rally that took place a few days ago in Charlottesville, Va.

“It needs to be removed,” organizer Loan Tran told the station. “These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country.”

The weekend rally attracted the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other fringe rightwing organizations. While they focused on hatred of racial and religious minorities, they also found some time to hate LGBTQ people, screaming antigay slurs.

Before finally mentioning the hate groups by name, President Donald Trump previously condemned the violence that occurred “on many sides,” without addressing white supremacy.

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71 Comments

    • heath0043

      I know many Conservatives that don’t agree with the Civil War statues too. But I agree with it being vandalism. why label the people as anything but people committing vandalism. Labels are for morons.

    • BigWill

      Odd, these monuments built to commemorate losers and traitors.

    • 1EqualityUSA

      Grand Wizard-in-Chief is not fit for office.

    • Brody

      Haven’t you heard, Jaxton?
      When liberals do it, it’s not “vandalism” or “anarchy,” it’s always “peaceful protest” or “respectful disagreement.”

    • BigWill

      Oh, looky, what a surprise: Mo/Brody has chimed in!

  • BriBri

    Soon, the graves of slave owning Presidents will be desecrated.

  • heath0043

    I find it funny when people cheer when other Countries topple statues of leaders or other things that represent a bad time in their history, and people in the US cheer. Now that it happens here there are people condemning the action. Same as Trump calling car attacks in other Countries terrorism, but not doing the same here.

  • Franky100

    It was voted and scheduled to be removed later in the year and the park to be renamed. It was just removed early for good reasons following this past weekend.

  • Paco

    Good! The patriots of the United States won the civil war. There should be no monuments erected for the criminal secessionists that lost the war. Ex-Confederates should have been banished.

    • am_psi

      They tried banishing themselves by seceding.

    • BitterOldQueen

      Absolutely. It’s about time we stopped celebrating the traitors and human traffickers of the confederacy. They were wrongheaded and lost, and should be forgotten.

  • KaiserVonScheiss

    These people are criminals. I bet a good many of them are commies/antifa.

    Naturally the media fuels this type of garbage. They’ll rightfully condemn neo-Nazis, but they are totally silent when Antifa commits violence, nor will they expose Black Lives Matter when they go around calling for dead cops.

    And these people aren’t protesters. They are vandals destroying public property. If you want a statue removed, go through the proper channels.

    • aaparker

      Just curious..did/do you condemn the action of the white supremacists in Charlotsville? Do you think the tearing down of a Confederate monument is on the same level as the actions of the Neo-Nazionale on Saturday?

    • Charlie in Charge

      Did you cry when the statue of Saddam Hussein was ripped down?

    • gmale

      Operation Freedom it is! These statues have no purpose but to glorify the confiderate rebelliousness and racisim and have no place in our free society. As a free nation , only statues that promote freedom should be allowed to be around

    • Roan

      aaparker… he has a white supremacist Facebook page and blog. What do you think?

    • Bob LaBlah

      @Kaiser von Scheiss…….”They’ll rightfully condemn neo-Nazis, but they are totally silent when Antifa commits violence, nor will they expose Black Lives Matter when they go around calling for dead cops.”

      Not under your present self appointed title but you and I sparred over this video all during the election. Take another look and let me know if you still disagree that was a Nazi salute from ol’ sister Laura Ingraham. How could any Nazi sympathizer take it any other way? She can’t even fake she did it by accident. It was intentional. And no one said anything.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACclN3UDrdo

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @Roan

      You’re a liar. I have no such thing. My facebook page is dedicated to monarchism (as is my blog). I have stated time and time again that I oppose identity politics, whether from the right or the left. It seems like the thousandth time I’ve stated this.

      Never once have I said that the white race was superior, nor have I said any other race to be inferior. Check your facts. Or maybe you’re just some SJW who lies about people to try and shut them down. If so, you are a lowly coward.

      @aaparker Of course I condemn it. I condemn all political violence. Will you condemn the violence of Antifa?

      @Bob laBlah

      I see you’re one of those people who thinks everyone who disagrees with you must actually be the same person. Sorry, but I don’t recall ever having such a conversation with you. Secondly, this screen name is the only one I’ve ever used for this site.

    • ErikO

      Exactly they are just showing how crazy the commies/so called “liberals” that are actuallly supporting the establishment and Antifa people are.

    • Paco

      I had to look up what Antifa was. They are anti-fascists.

      So does that mean all the people that keep bringing them up in the comments to defend the actions of white supremacy groups and try to narrate some moral equivalency between the two, are pro-fascists?

    • Juanjo

      Kaiser Von Arschloch has decided to inform us of his opinions which as has always been the case with Kaiser Von Arschloch, are opinions worth about the same value as a piece of toilet paper after it is used for the purpose it is intended.

      Lots of opinions here how about “commies” and what Von Arschloch calls “antifa” which of course is Nazi speak for anti-fascist. False claims about the media and how they do not condemn acts of violence. Also loved the bullshit reference to BLM, classic red herring.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @Paco

      They only call themselves anti-fascists. They use violence to shut people down and riot in the streets. They use the same tactics as the fascists they are supposedly against.

    • Paco

      @KaiserVonScheiss

      I have no problem with all necessary force being used against Nazis. We already know what Nazis are capable of when allowed to grab power.

    • mhoffman953

      @Paco

      That’s understandable but when you label every single person you disagree with as a Nazi, then it becomes a problem

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @Paco

      At least you admit that you support political violence.

  • Prax07

    So then is it ok with these vandals if I topple any statues of malcolm x, should I ever happen across one? After all he had done some shitty things too in his life, and I quote from his history channel bio, “embroiled in a life of petty crime, which included prostitution, gambling and narcotics, also managing to avoid being drafted into the military.”. Why is it ok for a black criminal to have statues, but white history needs tearing down?

    • Paco

      Open up any history book or visit a museum. White history is well documented and, in some cases, celebrated.

    • Paco

      “embroiled in a life of petty crime, which included prostitution, gambling and narcotics, also managing to avoid being drafted into the military.”.

      ——

      Sounds like Trump.

    • richard2179

      Do you really want slavery as your history? I thought we were supposed to be ashamed of such atrocities? Malcolm X, on the other hand, transcended his criminal background, fueled by the terrorism of the Klan his family endured while he was young. His call for change, by ANY MEANS NECESSARY, meant just that. He was no longer going to meet violence with non-violence if that did not change society. He was well within his right to call for those terms. Just like when we negotiate with hostile governments that choose not to respond, we sometimes take action. Same philosophy!

    • DCguy

      Malcome X was an American. These people denounced and treasonously attacked America. But interesting that the person you decide to use in your example was black.

      So you defend Racist traitors and use a black man as the object in your example to attack.

      Guess we understand why you support the racist traitors.

  • Herman75

    I was going to read about this latest development but ended up clicking on the link for Justin Bieber swims in transparent undies.

  • Prax07

    Malcolm did it first, Trump’s just following in his footsteps.

    Do I condone what happened over the weekend? I’ll just say I think the driver should have had better aim and leave it at that.

  • Bob LaBlah

    People, I know a few of you are going to get pissed off at what I am about to say but please think about it for a minute if you feel you must respond. I think all of the statues should stay because in my opinion those monuments are dedicated to the ignorance/stupidity of white southerners who can’t seem to get it thru their heads that they were used by plantation owners who knew damn well that war was lost before it began. The south had no industrial base to support a war nor the population to replace white troops killed in battle. Robert E. Lee refused to use black troops because he said that would be hypocritical and accepted he lost. After all of those men died Lee accepted what he knew from the beginning.

    These southern whites don’t ask themselves what the hell would the wealthy in the south need with a poor uneducated white man when all he had to do was train his slave for any job that needed to be done, including bookkeeping and such. He already had them running the place with keeping the supplies and equipment in tact all free of charge as in pay them no salary but keep them healthy so they can work. As time changed so would the role of those still enslaved. And keep in mind there were ten million slaves and only three million (at best) whites. Those monuments are for the ignorant which is why I say leave them in place.

    • BigWill

      “There’s not a cannon factory in the whole South.”
      “What difference does that make to a gentleman?”
      I”t’ll make a great deal of difference to a great many gentlemen, sir.”

    • Bob LaBlah

      @ol” BigWill……………………to bad they didn’t listen to ol’ Rhett Butler huh? lol lol lol

  • Prax07

    @richard I’m not ashamed of my white history. I see nothing wrong with any confederate statues, or flags for that matter. If people who are offended can tear down statues then I should be able to tear down any black statues or icons that offend me without any repercussions. Tit for tat.

    • jkb

      They would just be replaced, probably bigger and better. This statue? Buh bye.

  • Ummmm Yeah

    Then they are no longer protesters. They are criminals and should be arrested. The left has fallen so low these last few years. Liberalism and the democratic party has become about violence and crime and not about equality.

    • jkb

      /s. There I fixed it for you

    • Brody

      What was truly disturbing was the lack of law enforcement present to prevent such a blatant act of vandalism, almost as if the liberal leaders of Durham had ordered them to stand down.

    • Ummmm Yeah

      Flat out the city allowed a crime to take place because they supported it.

    • Brody

      And they refer to themselves as “anti-fascists” while destroying any opinion they find “offensive.” The irony and hypocrisy in all of this is jaw-dropping.

  • Chris

    I fail to sympathize with all this brouhaha over statues for a bunch of dead men. Yeah, I get the stuff about what they symbolize; but for heavens sake, they’re dead! What’s more important is how we treat living people.

    I’m starting to flash on the story of Moses returning with the ten commandments and seeing the Jews celebrating a bunch of idols. Heaven help me, but I’m even starting to think that the Muslim prohibition against installing the likeness of people might not be such a bad idea.

  • Brody

    Note to the author (and other blind radicals): No matter how much you might want to envision yourselves as such, you were not oppressed slaves, so you have no dog in the fight against da white devil of yesteryear. Supporting this type of anarchy only showcases your overt desperation to fit in with the antifa/blm crowd.

    • jkb

      So we can erect a statue for Jerry Sandusky in your town? I mean if you were never molested, you have no dog in that fight either, right. Some find these actors to be similar in stature and deserve no place in public view. Deal with it

    • Brody

      “Deal with it,” says he who is so easily triggered by history’s truths?
      Doctor, heal thy self.

    • BitterOldQueen

      No, we can’t change history, and neither you nor I fought in the War of Southern Treachery, but we can recognize that monuments to losers, traitors, and human traffickers are perhaps not something to be celebrated or maintained.

    • Bob LaBlah

      @Brody……….. “Supporting this type of anarchy only showcases your overt desperation to fit in with the antifa/blm crowd.”

      Our opinions are our opinions and I offer mine to your assessment. Assuming your not a Nazi sympathizer were I you I would have said supporting this type of anarchy only plays into the hands of the very thing you want to bury. The KKK and the Nazi’s need anarchy to bring a new order and battles in the street along with vandalizing statues throw more fuel on the fire for their belief their country is being taken over. One side is all white, holding up shields to protect themselves from thrown objects while exercising their right to free speech. What the fights in the street do is take away what started it, the hate speech. People no longer focus on what was being said to instigate it. They focus on the destruction to businesses and property. If a rallying point is held in the same spot over and over and the fights and battles keep breaking out what happens to home, business and car insurance in the surrounding area? In the end who really wins the propaganda war?

  • DCguy

    LOL!!! Oh look, what a shock, the anti-lgbt troll and his multiple screenames are upset that the statues honoring enemies of the U.S. are toppled.

    So I assume that this same person and all of his screenames would also want statues of North Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Min, and would love the flag of Imperial Japan to fly over our statehouses? Because these are statues for leaders of an enemy of America we fought a war against.

    So lets see, Mo Bro is anti-lgbt, pro-bigot AND also a traitor.

    • Ummmm Yeah

      I’m assuming you want statues erected to the mass murderers Stalin and Pol Pot in their place, since they were socialists just like ANTIFA.

    • DCguy

      Oh Look, one of Mo Bros other screenames is using the fake dog whistle group that all of the Right Wing sites are blathering about to DESPERATELY avoid the facts of Nazi and KKK groups marching.

      Hey, @Ummmm Yeah, since you seem to have forgotten the topic, I’ll remind you. A bunch of treasonous statues of Traitors to America who also were racists were put up by other racists in the 1920s and 1930s as attacks on African Americans.

      And people in North Carolina just knocked down one of those statues to an enemy of America who fought for a group that attacked this country….

      And you support those treasonous statues standing because you are obviously a racist, anti-lgbt troll since there is no other reason for you to support monuments to an enemy nation we defeated in a war. But nice try. Mo Bro…oh, I mean Ummm Yeah

  • Ummmm Yeah

    Oh not wait you are the big muslim supporter. Make the Sadammn Huessian, Ramzan Kadyrov, and all the leaders of Iran that have executed gays.

    • DCguy

      Oh Look, they racist right wing is in full on desperation mode.

      Facts, Nazi, KKK, and racist groups marched in support of monuments to Traitors to America that we defeated in a war. They killed somebody and injured many.

      Now they are SCREAMING about fake boogeyment to try to change the topic.

  • Paco

    Isn’t it ironic how the party of Lincoln is now filled with flag wavers of the defeated Confederacy, Nazis, and KKK all gathered under the big Evilangelical charlatan tent.

    Lincoln must be spinning in his grave.

    • Bob LaBlah

      Guess what, Paco. When the civil war began Lee was victorious is several major battles. The south made plans to change the wording of the bible to endorse slavery. I kid you not, there was going to be two bibles. A european version and an American version. So much for the spoken word of god, huh? The true gods man has known but too stupid to realize just what they were are the men with the guns in the air and their feet on the throats those who choose to challenge their version of what god said.

    • ErikO

      Lincoln did not like black people he wanted them all to return to Africa.

    • Bob LaBlah

      @ErikO………….to bad they murdered him, huh? And guess what else a lot of people aren’t aware of had the south won that war. Not only were there plans to change the bible but they were going to relocate blacks to Central and South America after they invaded them. I kid you not, they were going to take the entire Americas. Oh, and before I forget. The American Indian, they would become the new blacks whether they wanted to or not. If people knew the plans of southerners had they won that war they would understand how important it is to erase all memories of those men who led the misguided to ruin and ridicule.

  • BitterOldQueen

    Sure, it’s technically vandalism to destroy public property, but festooning public property with big bronze monuments to (losing) traitors and ardent defenders of human trafficking is also, in a sense, vandalism too.

    • ErikO

      So I guess you want to completely rewrite history and hide it? All of the founding fathers owned slaves and even people in the North owned slaves, and free black people in the south owned slaves as did Native Americans.

    • Brody

      ErikO-

      Ssshh! Nobody is supposed to know that anyone except racist Republican white men ever participated in the slave trade. Taints the dogma.

  • jhon_siders

    I guess they will want the statue of liberty removed next ?? I own a heavy haul trucking out fit Can I go take my big winch truck and heavy wrecker and pull down MLKs statue get my picture taken and not be arrested ether ??

    • Paco

      So you somehow think that the Statue of Liberty and statues of MLK are the same as statues celebrating a rogue, rebel nation that no longer exists and tried to destroy the United States?

    • Brody

      Paco –

      The only groups out to destroy the U.S. all vote Democrat, trust me.

    • mhoffman953

      @Paco

      In fairness, MLK opposed gays and gay equality. He once told a gay man that he needs to see a psychiatrist. Does that mean we should remove his statues?

      Anderson Cooper’s great ancestor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, was a proud slave owner and profited from the enslavement of black Americans. Should Anderson Cooper be removed from CNN?

  • mhoffman953

    This statue represented the men who lost their lives in the civil war and should not have been removed. The local community, if they wanted it removed from the public square, should have done so legally and had it donated to a museum.

    The left now want to rewrite history and destroy statues that represent any time they disagree with in American history. Radical leftists want to remove every stature or mention of anyone who owned slaves but strangely they don’t want mentions of the prophet Mohammad removed even though he owned slaves.

    • Brody

      Whoa there, sonny, you can’t just go around stating facts that some people might find offensive.
      (hoping my extreme sarcasm is self-evident)
      It’s an old cliche, but it still rings true that . . .
      If it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.

  • Kieran

    So it’s ok to destroy public property as long as you’re in a frenzied mob. Got it.

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