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Again, Spray-Painters Deface Signs on Hollywood Streets Named for Confederate Leaders

A week after the Charleston church shooting, a New Times article pointed out that there are streets in Hollywood commemorating Confederate soldiers. Two weeks later, an anti-Confederate flag group calling itself BlackOutWhiteSupremacy sent New Times an email with photos of five Hollywood street signs named after Confederate leaders: two on Lee Street, three on Forrest Street. The names of the soldiers had been blacked out in spray paint.

On Tuesday, New Times was sent another email by the same group with four photos attached of other spray-painted Hollywood street signs: two on Forrest Street, one on Hood Street, and one on Lee Street. There was no message accompanying the photos. The group, which New Times had reached out to previously, has yet to respond to repeated attempts for comment. 

In a previous email, the group claimed that the United States “glorified” the names of Confederate soldiers and criticizes Hollywood for plastering the names of “these atrocious Confederate soldiers” in its city. The email challenges Hollywood’s leaders to take a stand “against white supremacy” and rename these streets.

Hollywood Police said there is still no information about who committed the street sign vandalism. Detective Meredith Elrich did not know if the other street signs had been replaced in the past three weeks. She did not know about the latest batch of spray-painted street signs.

The hashtag #BlackOutWhiteSupremacy has been linked to acts of destroying Confederate symbols across the country, such as the defacing of the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Dallas, Texas, and with supporting a group that was arrested in Jacksonville that protested the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.

This is the full #BlackOutWhiteSupremacy email sent to New Times three weeks ago:
For years Hollywood, FL, among many other cities in the U.S., has contributed to systematic racism by allowing the names of these atrocious Confederate solders to be glorified to this day. This everyday symbol of institutionalized racism is part of the same conditioning that allows unarmed people of color to be murdered on a regular basis. Our leaders have failed us consciously and morally. We have had to take matters into our own hands against white supremacy. We call on people of conscience to #BlackOutWhiteSupremacy. Hollywood needs to set the example for the rest of the country to combat seemingly innocuous acts of racism in our communities. Hollywood deserves to have streets named after civil rights leaders, not historical racist. Our city commission and officials are abhorrent for allowing this to go on for so long and a public apology is necessary. Hollywood is not the only city, most cities across the country have streets named after confederates. Starting with Hollywood, #BlackOutWhiteSupremacy


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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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