NO RESPECT: BLM Vandalizes Confederate Cemetery in Arkansas

( No nation’s history is perfect. The United States of America has a long and complicated past, but by striving towards fulfilling the values laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, it has become the greatest force for freedom on the planet. Black Lives Matter doesn’t see it that way, though, which is why activists in Arkansas recently vandalized a historic Confederate Cemetery.

The Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery in Arkansas was vandalized during the early hours on July 11. An obelisk that was erected in memory of 900 unknown Confederate soldiers was defaced, and nine other Confederate graves were vandalized with spray paint. The senseless act resulted in the Little Rock cemetery increasing surveillance.

Gravestones were spray-painted with vulgar words and anti-police statements. It comes in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and as the country is hit by continued violent riots from Antifa and Black Lives Matter activists. If this is really about racial justice, then it’s the least productive protest in history. Unless, of course, they are purposely trying to cause more division.

Vandals also hacked the word “Confederate” out of the wooden headstones in the cemetery, and spray painted the letters “BLM” on other headstones. One stone was completely removed from the ground.

Sexton John Raines, who works at the cemetery, told local media outlines what they did.

“They destroyed one of our obelisks and wrote all over it with spray paint, and chipped it very badly beyond repair,” he said. “They wrote a bunch of racial slurs and f this, f that.”

Raines explained that the obelisk is “irreplaceable” as it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to make new, and it would never be the same as the original.

The historic cemetery was founded in 1862 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for almost 30 years. The obelisk was erected in 1914, making it a historic piece of masonry which is now permanently damaged thanks to the extremist rioters.

Cameras were donated to the cemetery by the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization and were installed not long before the incident occurred. That means footage was obtained of the vandals and could soon result in their arrest.

Since the incident, more cameras have been installed.