Why the Confederate Flag Is Being Removed from Public Schools
The white plantation shutdowns are happening now in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama.
As of Sunday, the first three states have closed all public schools in all three counties and shut down public transportation, according to ABC News.
This comes after a few weeks of closures, as a backlash to the Confederate flag has been growing in many places.
“It is the most powerful symbol of hatred in America,” state senator John McGovern (D-MA) said on the Senate floor last week.
“What we’re seeing now is a total lockdown in all these states.”
He also warned that “this shutdown is not going to end soon.”
In Virginia, a white man wearing a Confederate flag hat, hoodie, and jeans was arrested for assaulting a Black woman outside a public library, according the Richmond Times Dispatch.
The man reportedly told the woman that she should not be afraid.
“I am a man, you know, I hate you and you hate me,” the man allegedly said.
“You’re not going anywhere.”
The white supremacist group Patriot Prayer held a “black lives matter” rally in front of a Virginia school on Sunday, and the protesters chanted “White lives matter,” according to the Times Dispatch, which described the man who was arrested as a “Christian who lives in Charlottesville.”
The protest was in response to a similar protest on Sunday in Charlottesville, which was shut down by the city’s police and fire departments.
The rally was organized by the “Patriot Prayer,” which is also known as the “patriotic militia.”
The group’s website calls itself the “largest national organization dedicated to the defense of our country and all its rights, liberties, and freedoms.”
In Pennsylvania, a woman who was wearing a Nazi shirt was arrested on Sunday after she was found walking through the city of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
She was taken to Allegheny Regional Medical Center for a mental evaluation.
She has since been released, according a Facebook post by the local Allegheny county police department.
In Kentucky, a man was arrested after he allegedly punched a woman in the face in a parking lot in Lexington, according CNN.
The suspect reportedly said he “got pissed” when the woman refused to let him into her vehicle, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
The attack occurred on Sunday afternoon, according Lexington Police Department spokesman Brian Smith.
A Facebook post from Lexington police said that the suspect was arrested and charged with assault.
“The incident was caught on video,” the department said.
The Lexington Police department said the man was identified as Richard Johnson.
He has been charged with felony assault, a misdemeanor.
The Facebook post also said that officers were called to the parking lot, but no injuries were reported.
In Tennessee, a school in Chattanooga was placed on lockdown after two white supremacists held a rally on Sunday.
A group of white supremacists were also in Charlottesville on Saturday, when they marched in the streets, reportedly chanting, “You will not replace us.”
The rally also was held in support of a rally being held by the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP), which is a white supremacist organization.
According to CNN, the rally was set up by the TWP’s local chapter.
“They came with their arms out, holding the flags of the KKK and the Ku Klux Klan, and they’re coming to Tennessee to protest against what we’re doing,” said one person who witnessed the rally.
“That’s what happened, that’s the way we’re going to get this going again.”
The TWP has been active in Tennessee since at least the 1980s, and has been a strong supporter of white supremacy, according National Review.
The TWS has reportedly been linked to hate crimes and violent attacks against people.
Last year, a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the TSWP was one of the top five hate groups in the United States.
The Southern Poverty List, an organization of leading scholars and researchers, lists the TWS as one of its top 100 hate groups.
“We’re seeing more and more people turning to white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville, and that’s what we see in Charlottesville,” said William Johnson, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League.
“These are the people who think we’re not real.
And they’re going out and they do what they do, and it’s getting worse.”
In Kentucky and Tennessee, some schools have already been placed on hold.
In Pennsylvania on Saturday night, a crowd of about 400 people rallied outside the state Capitol.
A video posted to social media shows a group of about 50 people shouting at a woman to “get off my lawn,” as the woman was walking past them.
The video ends with the woman being punched in the head and dragged away.
“Just because they are a different race, they’re not the same race, we’re all the same,” one person can be heard saying in the video.
In Arkansas, schools in Little Rock and Little Rock City closed on Sunday