Vandals crept into a park in downtown Augusta, Ga., Sunday night and spray-painted “Black Power,” “I Hate Whites” and “Cracker Killers” on a monument honoring Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.
“It’s sad that it’s happening and that people are taking the time to vandalize buildings instead of encouraging one another. We’re here to encourage one another and build each other up, not tear each other down,“ Hegar Moody, of Aiken, S.C., told WJBF Channel 6 News in Augusta.
While city workers were able to remove most of the graffiti Monday morning, the process was expensive and timely, officials said. But more than cost, locals said it was disappointing to see such actions in 2009.
Law-enforcement officials said they are checking to see if any cameras caught the vandalism. The penalty for defacing the property could result in fines and up to five years in jail, WJBF reports.