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Charleston Confederate Monument Vandalized With Red Graffiti: 'This Is the Root of Our Evil

"Black Lives Matter"

As scores of people crowded Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday morning in Charleston, South Carolina, to mourn the nine people killed in a shooting there just days before, a Confederate monument in town was discovered vandalized.

The base of the statue dedicated to "the Confederate defenders of Charleston - Fort Sumter" was covered with red spray-painted graffiti, declaring "Black Lives Matter" and "This is the problem #racist."

Mayor Joe Riley and Governor Nikki Haley were called out as well: "Riley and Haley — Why defend this evil — This the root of our evil."

The base was soon covered with blue tarp, but then passers-by uncovered it, WCIV-TV reported.

A debate then ensued featuring Barry Tighe of left-wing Code Pink who made a sign that read "Take down racist statues." But a counter-protester raised a sign that declared "All lives matter #CharlestonUnited," the station said.

The monument was placed in its spot by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, WCIV said.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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