VIDEO – BOCC Votes to Build 6′ Fence Around Confederate Monument, Protesters Say Conservatives are Racist
BROOKSVILLE – Last week, RNRF reported that a group of left-wing anti-Confederate protesters were planning to destroy a 100-year-old monument that stands on the grounds of the Brooksville Courthouse.
Dozens of Law Enforcement Officers prepared for the worst but thanks to the poor weather conditions and show of force, the demonstration remained peaceful.
During the event, we spoke with Akindeji HIl who says he would like to see the monument removed but said, “It’s up to the people to decide.” Hill drew an angry response from those listening to our interview, when he said, “Just like these people here, some of you are Klan members…” That comment didn’t bode with supporters and they let Hill know exactly how the accusation made them feel. Hill quickly apologized. Hill goes on to say that he believes Conservatives are racists and that he supports Black Lives Matter, despite the groups anti-law enforcement rhetoric. Click Here to watch the video in it’s entirety.
We interviewed Bettejo Passalaqua, one of the protestors who was allegedly tied to the threat, and she says, “There was no plan to take the statue down on Friday.” Passalaqua vehemently denied being a part of any plan to destroy the monument but she does agree that it should be removed.
Passalaqua tells RNRF, “Statues that were erected for the purpose of intimidating a particular group of people (such as were the confederate statues during Jim Crow) do not have a place in our public spaces. I will be generous and say that perhaps the people who are opposed to moving the Brooksville statue do not recognize that they have lived a life of white privilege that is so fully integrated into their consciousness that they do not recognize a reminder of the racism that has existed since this nation was colonized by Europeans.”
I asked Passalaqua why several left-wing groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the new Black Panthers are becoming more vocal and violent, and if it has anything to do with the past administration or the election of Donald Trump, she said, “The groups you mention came about because people are tired of innocent people of color being shot dead by police and vigilantes. They are tired of the constant harassment they receive because of the color of their skin. They are tired of their children, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers being imprisoned for crimes that white people walk away from. They did not come into being because Obama was president, unless we want to consider that perhaps he didn’t do enough to squash violence and injustice against innocent people. On the other hand, Trump has emboldened armed white supremacist groups like those that terrorized the city of Charlottesville and murdered Heather Heyer. I am not angry that Trump was elected, but I am angry that he is supporting domestic terrorist groups that follow the paths of the KKK and Nazis. All patriotic Americans should have a problem with that. To the degree that Trump empowers these terrorist groups, groups that protect innocent people will rise.” Passalaqua goes on to say President Trump is a, “…misogynist sexual predator, he is a white nationalist, he appears to be mentally unstable and he endorses violence on innocent American citizens.”
RNRF brought the issue to social media and here’s what they had to say…
Tammy Bishop Gregory – “The black lives matter movement is still the civil Rights movement renamed. STILL standing for equality. The HUGE difference between these groups vs kkk, neo Nazis and white supremacists is… Their meetings are not about being superior to another race, their message is about equality. Their history doesn’t involve centuries of murders of people they see as inferior. I can’t believe this is still a discussion in 2017. Disgusting.”
Amanda Marsh – “I believe the statues should remain, they are a part of history right, wrong, or indifferent and we should have learned from that to be better and want better. I believe the anger is with whom is our current president, no one had an issue Prior to this no matter who the POTUS was. There is not a black man alive that can say they were a slave nor is there a white man alive who has owner one, therefore all of the people rioting and spewing bigotry are the real problem in this country. The history we are making now reflects worse on our country than the history they are trying to eras.”
Al-Sayed Ali Abdul – “If a community as a whole votes to remove a statue then that is acceptable. Taking all of them down is just nonsense. They have not been an issue until now. These left groups are desperately seeking anything they can to cause a disturbance and draw attention to their cause. With Obama, first it was the cops shooting black people, now it’s statues… It’s desperation for a cause I can’t even figure out. What is it they want? I asked a BLM follower that exact question and he answered, “we want reparations”… So, whatever that means. I think people need to take a look at the rest of the world and see how good they have it in the USA…”
Cheryl Martin – “Obama has set race relations back to the sixties!!! They are all hate groups!! The majority of whites don’t think about racism and are not racist but when they see these blacks running around the country rioting, burning, and being violent, it sure could change their minds!! The statue thing is crazy only a small amount of Southerners had slaves the rest fought to defend their homeland!!! Its history, leave it be. But the democrats are promoting these protests even thought it was the democrats who put them up and the southern Democrats who did the segregation in the south!!!! And somehow trump is to blame!!!”
While communities all over the State are voting to remove Confederate Monuments, today, Hernando County Commissioners voted unanimously to build a 6’ foot fence around their monument, bringing the heated issue to a close.
There are even protests in Tallahassee to have a monument removed from the grounds of the Capital but Governor Rick Scott has refused to comment on the issue so far. We made several attempts to ask State Representative Blaise Ingoglia to comment on the issue but he has also chosen to remain silent.
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