To protest Confederate statues and draw attention to what they actually represent, demonstrators in Virginia Beach held a mock slave auction to depict the institution that the alt-right and conservatives are tacitly defending.
During the “auction,” protestors went so far as to “auction off” Shaun Brown, a Democratic congressional candidate running in Virginia’s 2nd District.
The people who want the Confederate monument to come down are doing a mock slave auction. A man just auctioned off candidate Shaun Brown. pic.twitter.com/jL5RuYM9IP
— Alissa Skelton (@AlissaSkelton) August 24, 2017
The “auction” comes on the heels of several weeks of violence, brought about by a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a deranged neo-Nazi plowed his car into a group of counterprotestors. The purpose of the rally was to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee that stood in the city since 1924.
Since that tragic day, Confederate monuments have been removed throughout the United States, including in Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, California, Montana, Kentucky, Maryland, and New York. Many more are planned for removal elsewhere.
While such a stunning display may seem extreme, the institution of slavery is literally what these Confederate statues represent. If conservatives want these monuments to stand, they must too face what they stand for.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.