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Vandalism Backfires

I love this article! I am so sick and tired of hearing about historically ignorant people destroying monuments. This time, the joke’s on you!

The statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue has been vandalized.

Red paint was splattered on the statue’s base. The letters BLM, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, was also sprayed on the base.

Virginia Capitol Police, which is responsible for policing the monuments, told news outlets the vandalism occurred late Friday or early Saturday between patrols.

Within just a few hours of discovering the desecration Saturday morning, cleaning crews arrived on the scene and began working to remove the red paint. By 1:00 pm, clean up was proceeding and our folks on the scene reported that the paint was coming off nicely. Capitol police reported to us that they had collected evidence and an investigation was underway.

This type of violent criminal activity by monument haters only proves to accentuate the real difference between us and them and helps bring more and more citizens to our side. Our folks, who remained on the scene, working with Capitol Police and the cleaning crew throughout the day, reported that most citizens who came by expressed disgust and anger at the vandalism.

By 3:30 pm, less than 10 hours after the vandalism was discovered, crews were putting the finishing touches on the clean up and the result was amazing.

The columns are now bright and shining like new! Almost makes us want to send a note of appreciation to the vandals. Because of them, the monument got a fresh cleaning and looks better than ever!

And on a similar note…
Virginia Task Force, Dixie Defenders, and CSA II have two events planned along Monument Avenue in Richmond.

The first event is on August 19 from 12-4 p.m. at the Jefferson Davis Monument, following the Monument Avenue Commission’s recommendation that the monument be removed.

The second event is planned for September 15.

Monument supporters are encouraged folks to bring flags but flags on poles and signs on sticks are not allowed.


(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, August 10, 2018 ed.)

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8 thoughts on “Vandalism Backfires

  1. We don’t have to worry about vandals. The worst CRIMINALS are the politicians. They.are the true criminals who will do anything for temporary political gain. Percieved or real.

    • I have to agree with you to a certain extent, Mr. Bacot. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of seedy politicians! Thank you so much for your comment.

      • Marty Bohannon on said:

        Their was a BLM protest yesterday at Lee Davis HS, just NE of Richmond. BLM protestors were filmed cursing and show obscene jesters to bystanders. Teachers from the school were seen marching with protestors and used Facebook to try and get bystanders fired from their job at the school. This protest was over BLM, NAACP, and Democrats trying to change the name of the school that has had its name for over 50 Years. These protestors are trying to destroy the education system in Hanover County as well as remove History. This county has Colonial History as well as civil war history and is considered by millions to be sacred ground. Please stop this mob from destroying our education system as well as our History.

      • I am appalled by all the destruction as well, Marty. It deeply disturbs me. President Trump just declared that destroying statues and monuments is illegal, and I think it’s long overdue. What kind of country has the police stand down to allow this destruction? We should all cherish our heritage, and yes, some of it is offensive by today’s standards, but that’s what brought us to where we are today. It should never be destroyed, erased, or forgotten. Thank you so much for your comment.

  2. robert chavarria on said:

    Should take them down.They lost.

    • The monuments are a testament to all the men and women who sacrificed their lives. Yes, they lost the war, but they also lost so much more. These are American war veterans, and were designated as such. The monuments are a sacrament to all the lives lost, to so many young men who thought it was an adventure and had no idea what a war really was, let alone a war that divided our country. Most people were naive about the intricacies of politics at that time, and there were many in this country who were still illiterate. Taking down the monuments is taking away our history, and is a serious mistake to make. Historical examples include Marxist and Nazi ideologies, and there are many more. If we remove our history, we are nothing. And now they (I’m not sure who, but somebody is) have attacked all our historical monuments and cherished relics. So if Confederate monuments are removed, then it bleeds into taking down ALL monuments, and where does it end? Thank yo so much for your comment, Mr Chavarria.

      • Kyle Heckman on said:

        You’re right. Coming from a Yankee, leave the monuments stand and proudly for the blood that was shed for the great cause, America.

      • Thank you, Kyle. It’s my belief that if these monuments, reminders of our past, are destroyed, we will repeat history. What a tremendous mistake that would be. It’s a mistake now to remove them.

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