Demonstrators on Monday night toppled a Confederate monument outside of a court house in Durham, North Carolina.
During a public protest, a woman climbed the statue and tied a rope around it at around 7:00pm, according to Derrick Lewis, a reporter with local CBS affiliate in Durham. The crowd then pulled the rope and the statue fell.
“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” the protesters are heard chanting as the statue is pulled down to the ground. Some demonstrators then kicked or punched the fallen statue.
The monument stood in front of the Old Durham County Courthouse for decades, having been dedicated in 1924, according to a website maintained by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that documents Southern history.
The monument, about 15 feet in height, depicts an armed and uniformed soldier. “In memory of the boys who wore the gray,” reads the inscription on its granite base, which also bears the Confederate seal.
“It’s an awesome day. I’ve walked by this statue for the last six years ― I knew someone was going to topple it,” said Josh Reynolds of Durham, who dropped by along with his 4-year-old daughter Ida after hearing about what had happened.
More of this. Lots more of it. Take the fight straight to the heart of white supremacy. Make their symbols the equivalent of the Nazi flag in Germany.
Also, from my trip to Antietam this spring, why do Confederate flags keep ending up under my muddy boots?