- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2015

Vandals spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” and other racial messages on a memorial honoring fallen Confederate soldiers in the South Carolina community still rocked by a church shooting last week that left nine black people dead.

“Black Lives Matter” in red spray paint covered the inscription on the base of the statue, which honors the “Confederate Defenders of Charleston” who died at Fort Sumter, Yahoo News reported.

The memorial stands at Charleston’s White Point Garden, less than 2 miles from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine black congregants were killed by a white gunman Wednesday, Yahoo said.

“This is the problem #Racist,” said graffiti on another side of the memorial. “Why defend this evil.”

“This is the root of our evil,” read another side of the memorial.

Photos posted on Twitter by a local news photojournalist showed two men covering the graffiti with a large blue tarp.

Wednesday’s attack reignited a national debate over the Confederate flag, which is still flying high outside South Carolina’s state capitol building in Columbia. Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the state capitol Saturday calling for the flag to be taken down, Yahoo reported.

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