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'Shame' spray-painted on Confederate monument in Virginia

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Published: May. 22, 2017 at 3:38 PM EDT
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Police are investigating after someone defaced a Confederate monument in downtown Norfolk.

Somebody spray-painted the word "shame" in yellow on the statue. It's not clear when the vandal(s) struck, but, according to Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson, officers were called to the vandalism site Monday morning.

Officers are looking at surveillance footage that could help them determine the exact time and give them an idea about who is responsible.

The monument is located on East Main Street at Commercial Place.

In 2015, a civil rights group called for removal of the monument. Norfolk city leaders chose not to move it.

At the top of the monument is a statue of Confederate soldier 'Johnny Reb,' in honor of the Confederate dead.

Monuments honoring the Confederacy dot the South, and following the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church by a white supremacist, there has been renewed debate over whether Confederate emblems represent racism or an honorable heritage.

In New Orleans last week,

— a statue of Robert E. Lee. Earlier this month in Charlottesville,

around another statue of Lee that city officials

.

The Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, however,

, saying "We represent Southern Heritage NOT White Supremacy."

Debate continues over the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park, as a temporary injunction in a lawsuit

for six months.

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