On Tuesday the Governor of North Carolina stated that he wants to bring down Confederate monuments around the state. 

His comments come after the violence that occurred in Virginia and the toppling of a Confederate statue in his own state.

ABC reports that the call, from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, to remove monuments came as the people responsible for tearing down a Confederate statue in Durham on Monday night were being arrested.

“We cannot continue to glorify a war against the United States of America fought in the defense of slavery,” Cooper said in a statement. “These monuments should come down.”

Around the time of the announcement by the Governor, deputies were arresting a woman who climbed the Durham statue to tie a rope around it. The rope was then used by protesters to tear the statue down. Some protesters began kicking the bronze statues once it had hit the floor while others sat on it for photo opportunities.

During a news conference, which was held on Tuesday by protest organizers, Takiyah Thompson admitted that she was the woman who climbed the statue, claiming she was justified to do so as a response to white supremacists.

“The statue had to go, and it’s linked to white supremacy that we see today,” said the college student.

Unfortunately for her, sheriff’s deputies arrested her after the news conference. According to the sheriff’s office, Thompson has been charged with two felonies related to inciting and participating in a riot that damaged property, along with two misdemeanors. Investigators said they expect to make other arrests.

A 2015 law prohibits the removal of Confederate monuments without the approval of the General Assembly, which is Republican controlled.

According to Cooper, he was moved to act on the issue after the protest at Durham and the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Organizers of the Durham protest also claimed that they acted in response to Charlottesville.

Law enforcement officers were present as the statue was toppled but did not intervene. Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews claimed that restraint was used because of the risk of injuries if his deputies moved into the protest.

“Had I ordered my deputies to engage a hostile crowd, there would have been serious injuries,” he claimed. “Statues can be replaced. Lives cannot.”

Andrews did state that he would pursue felony charges for those responsible for the destruction of the monument. “Let me be clear. No one is getting away with what happened yesterday,” he said reassuringly.

“I’ve walked by this statue several times in the last few weeks. And I’ve wondered, if it is appropriate,” said Emily Yeatts, an attorney in Durham. “If there IS a way to remember and honor, as it says, ‘The boys who wore the gray,’ without also lending some legitimacy to the cause for which they fought. This statue has struck me as out of place in Durham, for some time. And while I was surprised to see the news footage last night, it seemed right.”

Watch the video of the toppling of the statue below.

Featured Image Via JONATHAN DREW/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

Sources:

ABC

 

  • Pat Patrix

    About as sexy as a white dog turd.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      Those fat skanks lol.

  • M&M

    will they remove the BJ Clinton monument too, the Blue Dress?

  • WY – Love it or Leave

    When is Enough – Enough? Hasn’t America had it with these Violent Leftists and the politicians who do NOTHING but condemn the conservatives while their little freaks are Destroying our country?

  • Jena Witherson

    And what does removing the statues do? Is it going to make lazy liberals get jobs? Make them move out of their parents place? Rewrite history so that it’s all sunshine & rainbows? Oh, it doesn’t change anything in history? Fuck outta here, Cooper.

  • thevictoriousgecko

    That Trigglypuff needs to go to the gym; that monument is the closest she ever got to taking the stairs.

    • David Watts

      You need heft if you wanna vandalize statues…

  • It seems that people too stupid to make a living in the private sector go into politics. I never imagined such stupid could be in such a minimal brain.

  • CynicismSells

    I seem to recall learning about a time when a different political group engaged in the public destruction of art and baseless demonizing of a particular race, but I can’t quite remember….
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/025a173414c94f9a2638ea1455d0d96e889f1970175fd7e959fadea3425490fa.jpg ….

    • GTKRWN

      >baseless

      • Heywood Jablowme

        Not based

        • GTKRWN

          Your Jewish professor told you they wuz gudbois that dindu nuffin wrang, eh? And the civil war was about white raycisses and slavery.

          • *Independent-Free-Thinker*

            Non stop bigotry in your comments. Your DISQUS comment history is full of inappropriate bigoted antisemitism.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      Those were the good old days.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Those skanks in the pictures both look pregnant lol… But they are not pregnant. They are just fat pieces of shit lol. As for the democratic governor he is playing a dangerous game with history. I think that decent people would respect these monuments as the works of art they are…. But we are not dealing with decent people.