HALIFAX, Va. (WFXR) — Their message was simple, no racism in Halifax.
“It is alive,” said protest co-organizer Shanetta Crews-Hodges. “It’s still here, and we have to really work hard the try to end it.”
Crews-Hodges says the protest was directed toward the Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse. Over one hundred marched in support of it’s removal on Sunday afternoon.
“I’m gonna tell you one thing, man, it’s a beautiful thing to see this show of support in Halifax County,” said protester and Halifax County resident Paul Streeter. “We’ve always been a small town, but to see us come together like this of all races, ages, and backgrounds, it’s a beautiful thing to see people come together like this.”
“We just want people to hear, you know, how we feet about the confederate statue, because everyone… it’s a lot of different views, but we want our views heard,” said Crews-Hodges.
“It shows that we the people of Halifax will come together ans stand together to remove something this is a symbol of injustice and racial inequality,” Streeter added.
In a letter to the editor of the Gazette-Virginian, Halifax Town Councilor Jack Dunavant defends the statue, writing, “It is saddening that some take offense to our Civil War statue. Why? It was erected to honor those who died in that tragic war. Where’s the evil in that?”
Dunavant continues, saying he believes “That war, like most wars, was fought over money, not slavery.”
A petition has been started asking Dunavant to resign from office.
This same group of protesters plans to be at tomorrow’s town council meeting to speak on the removal of the monument.
“People are listening, and they get it,” said Crews-Hodges. “That’s how you start change.”
Before the March, several speakers stressed the importance of voter registration and participation, saying that if people want change soon, it’ll start at upcoming elections.