“BLM” written on a Confederate statue at a tourist spot in SC: Cops



A Confederate monument at a popular South Carolina tourist spot was vandalized over the weekend, officials said.

The letters “BLM” were spray painted on a statue in White Point Gardens on Saturday night, which is along the Charleston waterfront, according to the city police department.

“BLM” is often used as an abbreviation for the Black Lives Matter movement, which called for eliminate white supremacy and fight racism.

After the death of George Floyd in custody in Minneapolis in May, some Confederate monuments have been vandalized and has become the focus of further pushes for elimination. Dozens of symbols of Confederation have been extract from a public exhibition in the months that followed, reported McClatchy News.

While supporters of Confederate monuments have said they recognize the heritage and history of the South, others have argued that they symbolize white supremacy and should be done away with.

This is not the first time that police have declared White Point Gardens a target of vandalism.

In June 2019, officers charged two people with covering the monument to the region’s Confederate Defenders of Charleston with “a substance similar to red paint,” The State previously reported. Four years earlier, Charleston Police were investigating several seen words written on a Statue in White Point Gardens, according to WCBD.

In the last reported incident, Charleston Police said Monday morning they did not know who wrote on the Confederate monument. Anyone with information is asked to call 843-743-7200 to reach a detective.

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Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.



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