NC Governor: "Monuments Should Come Down"; Durham Antifa Leader Charged With Felony

On Tuesday evening North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper posted a public statement to the website Medium, weighing in on the now raging Confederate memorials controversy: "These monuments should come down," he said. Cooper further called for the state legislature to repeal a law which seeks to prevent state and local authorities from removing them permanently. Cooper published the statement in the wake of a Confederate statue being unlawfully removed by protesters in Durham as local police reportedly stood by. 

On Monday Americans beheld the spectacle of an angry mob pulling down the nearly century old Confederate memorial in front the historic Durham County Court House in North Carolina with no police in sight. Hundreds of antifa protesters which had converged at the location for what organizers called an "emergency protest" in response to racial violence turned fatal in Virginia over the weekend surrounded the monument - a bronze statue of a lone Confederate soldier marching - and quickly pulled it down using a heavy duty rope. The 15-feet tall monument was erected in 1924 and engraved at the base with the words, “In memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray.’ ”

But on Tuesday the Durham County Sheriff’s Office arrested one of the leaders and organizers of the event, Takiya Thompson, a 22-year old student who is depicted in the video as tying the rope around the statue. Thompson was assisted by a few others as she brought a ladder to the base from the back and ascended to the top with the rope - after which the statue and a stone base came crashing down with protesters immediately kicking and spitting on the toppled bronze soldier to the cheers of the crowd.

Students chant: "Cops and Klan go hand in hand!" as Takiya Thompson is arrested.

The chaotic scene included a crowd of mostly young people circling the statue chanting anti-KKK slogans and yelling for it to be ripped down. Video of the incident quickly went viral and was featured on evening cable news - with some commentators like Fox's Tucker Carlson questioning why the police didn't appear to be present and failed to prevent the vandalism and destruction of a state monument on county court house grounds.

Thompson was arrested at her college - the historically black North Carolina Central University - on various charges which include misdemeanor and felony offenses. Specific charges according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office are injury to a statue, damage to real property, participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot with property damage over $1,500. The latter two charges are felonies which carry the potential for a combined sentence of up to 22 months behind bars.

Video of Thompson's arrest was also circulated widely online accompanied with demands for her release. Various "antifa" associated groups have framed the issue as a necessary step in combatting racial hatred and violence, though chants and signs at the statue site clearly had a much broader political agenda with messages such as, "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!". Thompson herself, who is part of the far-left Workers World Party described her actions as tearing down "vestiges of white supremacy" to a local news station, and further stated at a Monday news conference, “I’m tired of white supremacy keeping its foot on my neck and the necks of people who look like me... That statue glorifies the conditions that oppressed people live in, and it had to go.”

On its website Workers World Party defines itself as, "a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist party dedicated to organizing and fighting for a socialist revolution in the United States and around the world." Other groups present at the statue vandalism included the Triangle People’s Assembly, Industrial Workers of the World, Democratic Socialists of America, and a mix of other extreme left antifa protesters. One member with the Workers World Party told local station WRAL-TV that "we are at war":

We know that after Charlottesville and all of the racist incidents beforehand, all of the police killings, we are at war. This is war.

Responding to criticism that no state or local authorities intervened as the mob pulled down the statue, Durham county sheriff Mike Andrews said at a press conference on Tuesday that police were worried the crowd would get violent. Sheriff Andrews said:

Don't mistake restraint for inaction. Had I ordered my deputies to engage a hostile crowd, there would have been serious injuries. Statues can be replaced; lives cannot... Let me be clear, no one is getting away with what happened. We will find the people responsible... We can all agree yesterday went too far. Yesterday was not the Durham that I know."

The question of whether the country is facing more racially charged violence in the days and weeks ahead is now the chief issue in national public discourse - it's a question that many Americans likely didn't expect to be asking in 2017. As we reported Tuesday, the issue is now raising the temperature at White House press briefings, and is set to supplant even the Russia probe. In a highly contentious and apparently improvised White House press conference addressing the weekend violence in Charlottesville and the issue of removing Confederate statues across the country, President Trump controversially stated:

This week it's Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop.

As discussed previously, it is unlikely that the majority of Americans will readily identify with the representative camps on either side. White nationalists and neo-Nazis on the one hand, and counter-protesters declaring "socialist revolution in the United States" and "war" on all historical monuments deemed tainted by a racist past on the other, are unlikely to attract most ordinary Americans increasingly sickened by the entire escalating spectacle.


Haus-Targaryen Ramesees Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:01 Permalink

I know for a fact, and have read often enough about people cautioning against any kind of civil strife or war.  Violence, the destabilization of society and the end of our way of life isn't worth the political points we could possibly win.  We have no idea what a civil war in the United States would look like, and violence is never the answer. I've read articles by combat veterans over and over again.  I've read the diaries of soldiers from the previous American civil war often enough.  I assume these people know much more about the subject than I do. However, when I look at what these Lefties want -- they want to end our way of life.  Many of us they'd gladly kill themselves, given the opportunity to do it without repercussion.  The soul of man doesn't change.  The same human soul that led to the unspeakable atrocities in the USSR in 1917-1921 is the same human soul in the Marxists, Leninists, Trotskyites and Maoists marching through our cities today.  What keeps them from lining us up against a wall and "ending" their opposition?  The current rule of law -- the veneer of society we all know to be paper thin.  No, my fellow ZH'ers -- while I fully appreciate the warnings of our fathers and forefathers, Nixon's silent majority and the "whites" who for the most part built this nation are going to be forced to take up arms to preserve their way of life in the coming decade.  It isn't because we want conflict, it isn't because we have some bloodlust, its simply the fact that the same group of people that slaughtered some 20 million Russian citizens from 1917 - 1921 are attempting to wrestle control of the rule of law away from us and to them.  We will be forced into a violent confrontation with them solely because they are proposing to us a choice: "a) fight us and perhaps you lose, and thus you lose your way of life, but you might win as well or b) do nothing and we guarantee you will lose your way of life."The past few days have shown me quite clearly that a conflict now is unavoidable.  The best thing you can do now is prepare yourself for what is to come.Of all groups of people, I feel most sorry for blacks and hispanics who contribute to society, who haven't bought into the race-baiting bullshit and are going to suffer the largest quality of life decline.  May God bless them, as well as us in the years to come. 

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20-20 Hindsight Haus-Targaryen Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:27 Permalink

Well put, Haus-Targaryen.  In essence, what this boils down to is that the majority of good people in the US and around the world hate conflict.  All they want is to be left alone and live a decent life.  They hate extremism, whether it's from the left or from the right.Given a choice between evil left-wingers or evil right-wingers, most people will always seek to aim for the just middle alternative, that is to preserve a functioning society that's far from perfect but certainly better than any form of fascism.  In other words: fuck you, "alt-left"; fuck you, "alt-right."  

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chunga Haus-Targaryen Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

I've been working outside a lot lately getting most of my fake news from the radio. You hear a bunch of songs mized in with local commercails then at the top of the hour a national outfit gives a rundown on "top stories". The sound bites are very interesting.Last night the fake news guy came on and used this same "doubling down" remark about Trump that he was digging in his heals to protect white supremists. Then they played some of his audio where he says there was trouble from both sides. From there it broke right into some scholarly expert tribe guy calling Trump's remarks a "very dark day" for the country...followed by the AFL-CIO quitting the council's remarks.Then the original fake news guy goes on to quote Paul Ryan saying there in no place for ambiguity on this matter.It is so fucking obvious the entire establishment is so against Trump because either they fear he could issue a "call to arms" from the WH OR they allowed him to win for the pupose of fomenting this shit.My wife heard the radio fake news too and she deliberately avoids politics and fake news and she very rarely swears. After she heard that she immediately said "what the fuck was that?".

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Manthong chunga Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:17 Permalink

  Regarding the monuments…. To the leftist MSM ideologues they are FREE American Patriot White men… …therefore… must be minimalized   I submit that the statues and monuments are mostly bronze or green copper…..   ..and tributes to heroes…..   Heroism is not part of the MSM or leftist agenda.....   Subservience and supplication are….   ..kind of like to government  ….or  ISLAM. 

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fleur de lis Manthong Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:05 Permalink

This morning I posted 2 or 3 comments on this story with interesting responses. Now they are all gone. Not even on the account page.Does anyone have any answers or ideas as to comp;ete deletion of post and responses?This is libertarian ZH but it is always possible that the DC/NWO/FBI/etc., has a mole is in the back office.    

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veritas semper… chunga Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:24 Permalink

The plan to take down the white race( and more specific the white men) has accelerated.It is in full view in Eurioe and now,here.See the propaganda too in Hollywood movies,music,fashion,commercials.(They) continue their plans while we sleep or talk. (They) advance it while we do nothing. Guess who's going to win this way?

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JSBach1 Haus-Targaryen Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:43 Permalink

Youthful exuberance has been co-opted and commandeered by forces set on a course which has sailed centuries past and at various times. Said differently, yesterday's Nazis are tomorrow's antifas. A human being is but a beast guided by his senses and thereby shaped by them. It is the very institutions of society: education, entertainment, government, arts that provide food for this input...A few quotes that are apt to these times of rife with disorder: "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." "Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."by Friedrich Nietzsche "Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope."by Aristotle "Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age."by Marcus Tullius Cicero  "Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts."by Jose Gasset

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MEFOBILLS 20-20 Hindsight Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

 In other words: fuck you, "alt-left"; fuck you, "alt-right."   The alt-right is asking for its own living space, and is not seeking violence. The alt-left, is funded to incite violence.  Liberalism is the tearing down of the civilization, to then replace it with something better - only it is not always better.So, you are confused about what the alt right stands for.  

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ImGumbydmmt Haus-Targaryen Thu, 08/17/2017 - 01:00 Permalink

  Winston S. Churchill > Quotes > Quotable Quote “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

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83_vf_1100_c Chuck Walla Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:11 Permalink

The Old Testament was not big on idols, graven images.Antifa reminds me of the Taliban destroying historical sites. Those who forget (or destroy?) the past are condemned to repeat it. For my own part you could not give me a negro slave. I'll pick my own cotton this time around. Slavery is evil, got it. Amazing the sheer mass of folks who willingly apply their own shackles in the form of crushing debt.

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azusgm 83_vf_1100_c Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:20 Permalink

These statues are reminders, not objects of worship. That's why I have no objection on religious grounds.But don't worry. When we make it safe to keep our monuments and statues, the luciferians will be back with baphomet flanked by little children.We should be more concerned about understanding and maintaining our Christian heritage.

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The Ram Zero Point Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:54 Permalink

So what happens when these fucks show up on federal park service property (National Battlefields) Gettysburg, Antitem, Fredericksburg, Shiloah, et al.  Will the Feds just let them destroy our American heritage!!  This is bullshit.  In fact, this is just plain marxism and Trump and the various Governors seem totally powerless to preserve out historical heritage!!

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effendi sankol Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:11 Permalink

I say that Mt Rushmore should be dynamited. After all both Washington and Jefferson owned slaves, Roosevelt inherited great wealth from his mother (whose family made their wealth owning slaves) and as for Lincoln his wifes family owned slaves and he was fully in support of the continuation of slavery as long as the South submitted to rejoining the union./ Sarc. (Personally the only one I'd dynamite is Lincoln for denying the South the right to be free by waging war against them and causing over a million deaths of both soldiers and civillians).

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clade7 effendi Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:37 Permalink

You may be onto something here!  Blast off Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln....Leave Teddy, He looks like Colonel Sanders right?  Everybody like KFC!   Sell the whole hot mess to YUM! Brands, and finally get some decent food in the Giftshop!   Maybe leave Jefferson too?  At the low evening light gloaming angle he could pass for that one queer Ellen or that one boy Maddow on CNBS?  Or Tom Hanks, or That one guy Reiner who played 'Meathead?' Save a bit on some down hole tackle right?  Or leave Lincoln and tell everybody its Fidel Castro or Che Gavara's Father?  Leave Washington and say its Hillary Clinton, or Oprah?   Really save on the dynamite expenses and just redo the signs?  Marketing 101! Sell tickets to look at Obama grinning back up out of the Portashitters?  Looking for a Win-Win here...I'd bid this job, If I qualified for minority status......

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