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Vandals Give Confederate Statue In Nashville A New Coat Of Paint

A privately-owned statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest has been a bone of contention in the Nashville area for some time. It’s clearly visible to motorists driving along Interstate 65, and there have long been discussions about having it removed.

Nonetheless, it’s remained in place since it was erected in 1998, and it’s a serious source of angst for those that wish to see it removed. As Fox News shares, some vandals have decided to put their own touch on the sculpture.

The statue, which depicts a pistol-wielding Forrest on a horse that’s back on its hind legs, has been painted pink. Bill Dorris, who owns the sculpture and the property where it stands, doesn’t sound particularly upset about it.

“They’ve been trying to figure out how to cover it up,” he said. “I do think they chose a good color.”

He has no intention of removing the paint job, but he notes he’ll take a glance at security footage to see if he can spot who is responsible for the handiwork.

“Well, enjoy the new paint scheme is the only thing I can tell them,” he said.

In July, Nashville's Metro Council approved a resolution to request that the Tennessee Department of Transportation plant some vegetation that would block the view of the privately-owned statue. TDOT commissioner John Schroer informed the metro clerk’s office that wasn’t going to happen.

“TDOT does not plant foliage on its right-of-way with the sole intention of blocking items on private property based on what might be offensive to some and not to others," he wrote in an email.

The debate over Confederate monuments has been simmering on and off for years, and it reached a full-on boil in the wake of Charlottesville over the summer. A planned white nationalist rally ended up gaining an inordinate amount of publicity, and Charlottesville police were quickly faced with an untenable situation.

A riotous atmosphere broke out between protesters and counter-protesters, and that led to multiple injuries, arrests, and one death.

Tensions were incredibly high in the wake of the incident, and the movement to remove Confederate statues became a huge talking point all over again. Many communities across the country are wrestling with the best way to handle things, but there are some areas in which those that want the statues removed have taken things into their own hands.

Is that what happened here? That’s definitely possible, as perhaps the vandal thought that defacing the statue would lead to its removal.

That doesn’t appear to be what will happen, so Forrest now has himself a pink statue. In any event, Confederate statues and monuments remain a controversial and complex topic for which there are no easy answers.

Our nation is chock full of black marks. Quite simply, those that were once in power were not always the most advanced when it comes to social issues. Thankfully, society has advanced and their line of thinking is shunned in the present day.

While it’s understandable that the scars run deep from the line of thinking in question - and that there are still some folks out there that hold abhorrent views - will erasing history really make the pain any better? For some folks, the answer is an unequivocal yes.

Source: Fox News
Photo: Fox News, Twitter, Shelley Mays/The Tennessean

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