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Chalk graffiti on sidewalk in Confederate monument protest
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Chalk graffiti on sidewalk in Confederate monument protest

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Several protesters of the Confederate statue on Fourth and Liberty streets gathered in downtown Winston-Salem Saturday, scrawling chalk messages on the sidewalk.

“We were just there to call attention to the fact we were told the statue was going to be taken down but it has yet to happen,” said Miranda Jones with the group Hate Out of Winston-Salem. “If we can’t get a statue down, what can the city do for the marginalized African-Americans in our city?”

Messages in chalk included “No monuments to white supremacy” and “Free Ronnie Long,” the latter referencing a man who has spent 40 years in prison for a rape he says he didn’t commit.

“This is more than just the statue,” Jones said. “We’re talking about systemic issues.”

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