A statue of a segregationist South Carolina governor was vandalized and authorities are investigating the matter.
The Associated Press reports:
Red paint dripped Tuesday from the statute of “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli says an officer saw what appeared to be a red paintball on the statue during morning rounds. Workers were cleaning the statue Tuesday afternoon.
Tillman, a noted white supremacist, spent three decades — from 1890 to 1918 — as governor and as a U.S. senator.
Tillman promoted white supremacy, including lynching and denial of voting rights to blacks and women. He also participated in the massacre of black militia members during Reconstruction.
Iacobelli said that more officers have been posted at the downtown complex where the Confederate fuckin’ flag remains flying high.
Tension is high in South Carolina over Confederate symbols in the wake of a white supremacist who walked into a black church while people were attending Bible study, then slaughtered nine of them in order to create a ‘race war’.
Yesterday, a fight broke out after a group of Confederate flag supporters crashed a rally for those opposing the flag.
Members of the Loyal White Nights of the Ku Klux Klan are scheduled to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally on the State House grounds on July 18th.
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