According to tweets sent by Chicago’s chapter of Black Lives Matter, the United States should ban all Confederate symbols in response to the white supremacist terror attack in Charlottesville, which left one woman dead and scores more injured.
The group, in a series of tweets, wrote, “The fact that the Confederate flag & statues permeate the south is evidence that white supremacy was never overthrown in the United States.”
Comparing Confederate symbols and monuments to Germany’s ban on all Nazi-related propaganda, the group added, “After WWII, Germany outlawed the Nazis, their symbols, salutes & their flags. All confederate flags & statue, & groups should be illegal.”
“The KKK & all other white supremacist groups should be illegal for the same reason Germany made them illegal—for crimes against humanity,” the group wrote. “The murder of Heather Heyer reveals white supremacists value no life, even white life. We must end white supremacy in the United States.”
Charlottesville, Virginia, Black Lives Matter activist Lisa Woolfork gave an interview to Truth-Out on Monday, speaking about Confederate symbols in the United States as well as the domestic terror attack.
Woolfork told the website that there has been a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville every month since May, and added that many of the rallies focused on Confederate monuments.
About the monuments, Woolfork said, “One thing that I like to impress upon is that I think it is very important to retain attention on the Confederate monument. Of course, many people are turning to Louisiana and New Orleans as an example of a mayor who decided to step up and say, ‘No more. These are relics of a racist past and I want us to build a better future as a city. We do not need these any longer. They have outlived their usefulness.’ Charlottesville has not done that. They have not done a complete process of reckoning.”
Black Lives Matter has been very vocal about the removal of Confederate symbols and monuments since its 2013 inception, and in June 2015, Black Lives Matter-related graffiti was even scrawled across various Confederate monuments across the U.S.