A woman in flip-flops and a patriotic shirt splattered a can of black paint over the bright yellow "L" in "Black" heaving her paint roller over the letters outside the Contra Costa County courthouse. Her companion, a man in a red "Four More Years" shirt from President Trump's campaign and red "Make America Great Again" hat, told onlookers, "No one wants Black Lives Matter here."It might be disappointing but it isn't surprising. This is the America Trump is clinging onto with every fiber of his malevolent being. White is both might and always right.
"What is wrong with you?" someone asked the unidentified vandals from off-camera, in a viral video of the incident also shared by police.
"We're sick of this narrative, that's what's wrong," the man responded. "The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism. It's a lie."
The woman scrubbed away with her black paint roller, looking up to say, "Keep this s--- in f----- New York. This is not happening in my town."
From Cleveland to Montpelier, Vt., BLM street slogans have been defaced in recent weeks amid nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality.
Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.
In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.
Carvin Eison, a leader of the project that brought the Douglass statue to the park, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle another statue will take its place because the damage is too significant.
"Is this some type of retaliation because of the national fever over confederate monuments right now? Very disappointing, it's beyond disappointing," Eison told WROC.