Protesters have targeted ‘Confederate’ monuments in several cities following the death of a black man named George Floyd in the US. Indeed, demonstrations that began in Minneapolis after Floyd’s death have spread to other parts of the country as well. Demonstrations erupted this week in Minneapolis when a video showed a white police officer strangling Floyd with his knee for more than eight minutes. During this time Floyd continued to plead to breathe and later Floyd died.
After this there were demonstrations all over the country on Sunday morning. Monuments were destroyed in Virginia, the Carolinas and the Mississippi. The presence of Confederate monuments in the southern part of the country and in other areas has been challenged for years and they have been targeted in the past for removing some monuments.
That’s why ‘Confederate’ memorials are targeted
In fact, the ‘Confederate’ memorials are part of the ‘Confederate State of America’ (CSA), the symbol and public exhibition of Confederate leaders or Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War. The CSA was an unrecognized republic in the lower southern part of the US between 1861 and 1865. The Confederacy in that region was originally created by slavery and seven secessionist provinces, whose economy was heavily dependent on agriculture and especially cotton farming and horticulture, and in which African-American slaves were employed.
According to Oxford Eagle news, a ‘Spiritual Massacre’ was written on a Confederate memorial on the University of Mississippi campus Saturday with a red claw mark. Critics have said that displaying it near the university’s main administrative building indicated that Ole glorified Miss Confederacy and recounted the history of slavery in the South. Protesters destroyed a Confederate statue in Charleston, South Carolina. According to the newspaper, the word ‘racist’ was written on a memorial in North Carolina.
Explain that the question of Confederate monuments has been particularly controversial in North Carolina, where such monuments have legal protection. A Confederate statue outside the Darham Court complex was also damaged by protesters. In the coastal city of Norfolk, protesters climbed a Confederate monument and broke it. A commission in Richmond, the capital of Virginia and the Confederacy, has recommended the removal of one of the five Confederates in the city’s famous Monument Avenue.
Protesters in Nesheville, the capital of the province of Tennessee, on Saturday dropped a statue of Edward Carmack, a government advocate around the 1900s, who held racist views, according to The Tennis newspaper. Protesters have also thrown ink at the statue of a former Philadelphia mayor.