Graffiti appeared on a Confederate memorial in Charleston, S.C., was covered up Sunday as the city continues to mourn the victims of last week’s shooting massacre at a historic Black church.
The inscription on the base of the statue — which honors the “Confederate Defenders of Charleston” who died at Fort Sumter — was covered in the red, spray-painted message, “Black Lives Matter.”
“This is the problem,” graffiti on another side of the memorial read. “#Racist.”
According to Yahoo News, the monument is less than two miles away from Emanuel AME.
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The spray paint was eventually covered with tarp.