The internet is celebrating some vandals who defaced a confederate statue with pink paint.
The roadside monument honoring a Civil War Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee was drenched in pink paint. According to owner, Bill Dorris the statue has been vandalized many times before.
The 25-foot statue of a slave-trading Confederate Army and Ku Klux Klan leader shooting behind him while riding his golden horse was first erected in 1998 and is infamous for its hyper-realistic depiction of white supremacy.
This latest defacement of the statue came just a week after Memphis’ city council voted unanimously to sell parks bearing Confederate statues to a private group, who then had one of the statues removed that night.
Dorris has no plans getting rid of the paint job.
"They've been trying to figure out how to cover it up," he said, speaking of community efforts to cover-up the statue. "I do think they've chose a real good color," he said. The owner of the confederate statue also plans to leave the bright pink paint on the statue anticipating it will turn red in the sunlight and “show up real good.”
Dorris once called slavery a form of “social security” for African Americans, “a cradle-to-the-grave proposition.”
Atlas Obscura once described the statue as a “Confederate statue that accurately reflects the ugliness of its subject.” It was designed by Jack Kershaw, a founder of the white supremacist League of the South who once defended the man who killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kershaw once was quoted in a New Orleans newspaper defending his creation by saying “somebody needs to say a good word for slavery.”
People on the internet couldn’t help but praise the vandals for defacing this confederate statue.
Shout out to the beautiful souls that worked over the holidays to drench the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in paint. Rot in hell Forrest, death to the confederacy. pic.twitter.com/7ayP9XN4KC— Middle Tennessee DSA (@MiddleTNDSA) December 27, 2017
Guys, you really don't have to vandalize that one. The sculptor beat you to the punch. https://t.co/I7Zpn9Rqfe— Saul Nehlen (@EyesOnTheRight) December 27, 2017
Kids, vandalism is terrible and horrible and bad and your should never do it, unless... https://t.co/jMuYlpULr3— Lindsay Beyerstein (@Beyerstein) December 27, 2017
From a purely aesthetic point of view, this looks 20% after being given the “Cat in the Hat Comes Back” treatment. https://t.co/DbQEz5BZXq— Yule Brynner (@JumanjiToo) December 28, 2017
I used to drive by this racist monstrosity every day and I am so glad to see it was vandalized and I pray it comes down altogether ASAP! https://t.co/iAL3mavxWP— Daniel Wood (@DeeDooDaniel) December 28, 2017
I mean, seriously, does it count as "vandalism" when the thing being vandalized is so god-awful ugly to begin with? https://t.co/50Zoir2NET— Leigh M. Johnson (@DrLeighMJohnson) December 27, 2017
This is right where I grew up. What's interesting is that the statue is so terrible--seriously, Google it--that the pink paint is a genuine aesthetic improvement.— Matthew Southworth (@mattsouthworth) December 28, 2017
This stupid statue is exactly the mortifying monument the Confederacy deserves. I hope it stands forever. https://t.co/Ch8ASC5LTs
Oh thank goodness they just turned it pink; that statue's face is a national 'unspoken irony about white supremacy' treasure. https://t.co/fUXvFbublv— Headcrab for Cutie (@TimProbable) December 27, 2017
Orange would have been more appropriate https://t.co/oPDb9mgo3F— Honest Raptor (@mileybug) December 28, 2017
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