Protesters Have Destroyed Symbols Of Racism, Including A Former Slave Market
A former slave market, Confederate statues, and a statue of a racist police chief were among the symbols of racism destroyed by protesters this weekend, according to VICE News.
Protesters in Fayetteville, North Carolina, set fire to the Market House, which served as a site for slave auctions well into the Civil War, as did the State House that occupied the same lot until it burned down in 1831.
In Richmond, Virginia, protesters set on fire the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which along with its brother group, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, “responsible for the lion’s share of Confederate monuments built across the country in the late 19th and 20th centuries.”
In Birmingham, Alabama, protesters “succeeded in pulling down a statue of Charles Linn, one of the city’s founders and a captain in the Confederate Navy.”
And in Philadelphia, a statue honoring former police commissioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo was defaced and set on fire, though protesters’ attempt to pull it down was unsuccessful.
VICE noted that Rizzo ordered raids and strip searches of Black Panther Party members during his time as commissioner, and “as mayor he once urged his supporters to ‘vote white’ for a change to the Philadelphia city charter that would allow him to run for a third term.”
Protests against the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police began after Floyd’s death on May 25 and now continue into their second week.