The Confederate Memorial Statue was spray-painted in black on two sides Friday morning
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The latest on the Confederate flag in South Carolina:
On the day the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, a Confederate statue in Charleston was vandalized for the second time since the shooting of nine people at a historic black church there.
The Confederate Memorial Statue was spray-painted in black on two sides Friday morning. The words used were from President Obama’s eulogy for shooting victim state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Obama said: “The cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong.” The statue was spray-painted with that phrase, but without punctuation.
Police put up yellow crime scene tape as they investigated.
The same statue had been spray-painted June 21 with the phrase, “Black Lives Matter.”
Since the nine deaths June 17, calls were reignited for the removal of the Confederate flag at the Statehouse, and debates about Confederate symbols heated up elsewhere across the nation. Dylann Roof, a white man who’s been photographed with the flag, is charged in the massacre.