Last month, in the wake of Charlottesville, when KKK and neo-Nazis chanted “Jews will not replace us!” and killed an anti-racist counterprotester as they fought for the Confederacy down the streets of Virginia, a handful of cities across the country finally began to tear down the their Confederate monuments. A city crew in Franklin Township, Ohio, took down a stone marker honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
That promising gesture lasted an entire month, until residents realized their beloved icon of white supremacy was missing. Without it, I imagine they thought, how else would visitors know white people control this land? The AP reports that after public outrage, local residents raised $2,000 to have the plaque repaired and reinstalled.
While city officials are still determining where the refurbished stone will be placed, local residents have taken it upon themselves to remind their black neighbors that they’re not welcome. “We do not negotiate with terrorists,” reads a poster that replaced the marker. “BLM is a terrorist organization.” How charming.