Confederate Memorial Overlooking Highway Gets Tarred and Feathered

As we reported earlier today, there is a lot of tension these days about the presence of Confederate memorials in public places of the United States. Many localities, particularly in the South, have decided over the past decades to honor the fallen traitorous heroes with some form of recognition, either through naming things after them (like Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway in Centreville, Virginia) or placing a statue nearby (like the Robert Edward Lee Sculpture in Emancipation Park, which served as the instigation for the 2017 Unite the Right rally).

The backlash against this comes from progressives who believe that the continued presence of these monuments encourages the glorification of the Confederacy, especially in light of the hate crimes jump in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. Comparisons have been drawn to Nazi imagery in Germany, which has been banned since the end of World War II in 1945. While not entirely comparable, the point being made is that Germans embraced getting rid of anything that artistically lionized their morbid past, whereas state governments in the US have done the opposite.

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There is a case to be made about free speech and the 10th Amendment, but the generally agreed-upon middle ground is that these artifacts be moved to places that actually honor history like museums, compared to public areas that are not meant for that purpose.

Unfortunately, in light of the lack of progress on these initiatives, some extreme people have taken to actively vandalizing the landmarks. This happened in Durham, North Carolina, and a more recent case has happened on the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway near the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. There, the monument was tarred and feathered, no doubt a darkly satirical reference to the old tactic of humiliating and torturing people, most prominently done during the American Revolution.

Steve Krafft of Fox 10 news provided top quality photos of the vandalism:

Jefferson Davis, for those not aware, was the President of the Confederate States of America, having had both a political and military career with the United States before joining the CSA as a result of his home state Mississippi’s secession from the Union. While never tried for treason, his role in helping the bureaucratic system of the Confederacy has left him with a sour legacy by today’s standards.

Image a screen capture from Steve Krafft’s Twitter account (@SKrafftFox10)