Virginians Tear Down Confederate Statue Amid George Floyd Protests

The protests over George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department are growing, and not just in size. ¬†They are also expanding in their scope as organizers continue to push back against police brutality, qualified immunity, and the broader concepts of racism in America as a whole.

For many, it is no longer enough to simply not be racist, but instead, this is a time to be virulently, openly, and actively anti-racist.

It is this sentiment that has seen a number of memorials to the Confederacy of the Civil War removed over the course of the last few days – some by the authorities and others by vigilantes.

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In Richmond, Virginia, it was the latter group that got to work over the weekend.

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Protesters toppled a Confederate statue from its pedestal in Monroe Park on Saturday night.

After a day and evening of peaceful protests and marches in Richmond and its suburbs, protesters using ropes pulled down a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham, which has stood in the park since 1891.

Most of the protesters who had marched through the city Saturday night had already dispersed when the statue was taken down. After it fell, one person urinated on the statue and then ran away.

City authorities in Birmingham, Alabama removed a confederate statue of their own earlier in the week, after there were concerns that citizens could have been harmed by taking the memorial out by themselves.

And this removal of statues deemed “racist” hasn’t been confined to the United States either, as protesters in the UK toppled the likeness of a well-loathed slave trader into Bristol Harbour over the weekend.

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