“ ‘I don’t see no white militia, the boogie boys, the three percenters and all the rest of these scared-ass rednecks. We here, where the **** you at? We’re in your house… let’s go!’ ”
That taunt came from one of an estimated 200 armed protesters who marched through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park on Saturday and called for the removal of a sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
The carving, according to the Associated Press, is the largest Confederate monument ever crafted and is located in what has historically been a gathering spot for white supremacists.
This video clip from the scene has already been viewed more than 5.4 million times:
Reuters reported that the vast majority of the protesters, dressed in black and wearing face scarves, appeared to be African Americans, though various races were represented.
John Bankhead, a spokesman for the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, told NBC affiliate WXIA-TV that the protesters were peaceful and orderly.
“It’s a public park, a state park. We have these protests on both sides of the issue from time to time. We respect people’s First Amendment right,” he said. “We understand the sensitivities of the issue… so we respect that and allow them to come in as long as it’s peaceful, which it has been.”