阿拉巴马州抗议者团体在法院草坪上放置假尸袋,以推动拆除同盟国国旗和纪念碑

几个月, 阿拉巴马州的一群抗议者一直在争取拆除位于艾伯特维尔马歇尔县法院大楼前的同盟国旗和同盟纪念碑.

上个星期, protest organizer Unique Morgan Dunston stepped up the group’s demonstration efforts by adding a visual display to the courthouse lawn.
Dunstonwho has led bi-weekly protests since Augustand two other protesters placed fake slave body bags on the courthouse lawn in order to highlight the history of Marshall County and what the Confederacy supports, 她说. The bags, which look like they contain bodies, were made out of garbage bags stuffed with newspapers.
You have the right to fly the flag at home, on your truck, but it doesn’t make sense for these symbols to be at our public courthouses where everybody has to go,” Dunston, 24, 告诉CNN. “It’s supposed to be a place for justice for all, to have to walk by that courthouse and see those traumatizing symbols of White supremacy, it’s not fair.
    The body bags on the Marshall County Courthouse lawn.

    Each of the 10 bags — 随着 150 wooden dowelssymbolize the slaves owned by John Marshall, the former US Chief Justice who the county is named after. The bags are marked with the names of the slaves and the price Marshall paid for them.
    I want to emphasize how gruesome and real the institution of slavery was, and how the Confederacy fought to uphold that institution,” Dunston said.
    We are trying to move to a more inclusive space and the Confederate flag and the Confederacy was not inclusive. It was hateful and damaging and traumatizing to Black people and really, anyone who wasn’t White.
    The flag and monument that some protesters are fighting to have removed.

    Marshall County leaders have not started a conversation regarding the flag and monument or responded to protestersdemands to remove them, Dunston said.
    在十二月 9, county commissioners passed a resolution listing new protest guidelines at the courthouse.
    It was getting to the point were I was getting scared that there would be some issues, people getting arrested and it was causing interruptions inside the Marshall County Courthouse,” Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson told CNN affiliate WAFF.
    在十月, Hutcheson told 威夫 that county leaders are working to build a fence around the monument to protect it from being damaged.
    CNN reached out to six county commissioners but did not hear back.
    Dunston said she and other protesters have been met with counter-protesters, who are urging the county to allow the courthouse to keep the Confederate monument and flag.
    Nancy Horton, a lifetime Guntersville resident, is among the counter-protesters. She said she believes the Confederate symbols should stayto remind people of the past and go forward.
    I went to school in Guntersville and had many Black friends, I don’t have a racist bone in my body but I do have a problem with people trying to change my community because they think a piece of stone is a symbol of racism,” Horton, 65, 告诉CNN. “The South is what it is, and removing a statue or a flag is not going to change what happened so many years ago.
    Controversial monuments, especially Confederate monuments that have riled some residents for decades, have once again become the subject of nationwide debate following the death of George Floyd in May 在明尼阿波利斯.
    Some say Confederate monuments mark history and honor heritage. Others argue they are racist symbols of America’s dark legacy of slavery.
      Dunston said she will continue to fight until Marshall County removes the flag and the monument, which features a photo of a Confederate soldier carrying the flag. The wordsin memory of the brave Confederate soldiers of Marshall Countyare also etched on the back of the monument.
      My message to Black people is that we will win,” Dunston said. “No matter how hard or hopeless these times feel as an activist, we will win because the power belongs to the people and we are stronger together.

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