“The North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans decries remarks made by Gov. Roy Cooper that monuments in memory of veterans across the state should be removed,” the SCV statement reads. “Cooper’s decision to speak in such a manner and to disregard the contributions of people who made this state what it is today dismays and angers us tremendously. This week in particular, the brave Tarheels who served in the Confederate armed forces during the War Between the States have been wrongly defamed and dishonored. Their memory has been tarnished by the media, violent mobs and opportunistic politicians, despite the fact that they (Confederate soldiers and sailors) fought for their homes and families in their struggle against an oppressive government––sentiments that the mob’s members now ironically adopt as their own.
“Cooper’s words have endorsed and emboldened those who have no respect for our public property, and doubtless he will wryly smile as the mob pulls down more monuments in defiance of law and order,” the statement adds. “Accordingly, our organization will offer rewards up to $5,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions in future incidents where our government fails to act. Those who do not see this as just the beginning are willfully ignorant. Cooper and his supporters will start with Confederate monuments and will soon be tearing down any and every historical reference that offends their bigoted sensibilities until the very foundation of our nation is wiped from the face of the earth.”
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