Jefferson Davis memorial tarred, feathered in Arizona

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 18, 2017

A second memorial of the Arizona Confederate troops on the state Capitol grounds was not-so-subtly spray-painted white overnight in Phoenix.

Rebecca Olsen McHood, a registered Republican, had grown exhausted of seeing the Confederate memorial at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza untouched, especially after theviolent Charlottesville rally that resulted in the death of a counterprotester by a white nationalist.

As soon as he told the nation that there were "very fine people" on both sides, she chose to act.

Rebecca, who refused to support Donald Trump and voted for Hillary Clinton in the latest election, told the Phoenix New Times: 'I was just so outraged by Trump's press conference. I thought, I need to watch this in context.

McHood is white, so she checked with a handful of her nonwhite friends and asked if it was too soon.

In addition to the "2nd place" and "Participant" banner, McHood added a ribbon at the top which states "You lost, get over it". So instead, she just "kinda laid it over the monument", she told reporters. "So foolish! Also. the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"

"I wasn't sure what was going to happen - I wasn't sure if people were convening at Confederate monuments around the state or not", she recalled.

Despite the recent violence in Charlottesville, McHood said she isn't really anxious about her safety when placing the banners.

"It felt good to do something", she explained.

McHood describes herself as a Republican and said that she felt as though President Trump was "condoning" the activities of white supremacists. Still, she can not see the racism and simply turn a blind eye.

"There's no room for racism anymore, and it's not okay that our president is standing up for Nazis".

"I'm for fiscal responsibility, and integrity in politics", she said.

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