‘Disgusted to be an American’: Tampa woman throws tearful tantrum over Confederate statue relocation
A woman at a Hillsborough County Commission meeting on Thursday had a tearful, enraged meltdown over the removal of a Confederate monument in Tampa Bay.
WFLA reporter Ryan Hughes tweeted video of the woman’s remarks to the council, in which she said, “I’m disgusted to be an American and I’m disgusted to call Hillsborough County my home.”
“You did right, you voted to save it,” the woman said, referring to members of the council’s attempt to halt the relocation of a Confederate monument from in front of the Hillsborough County courthouse to a private cemetery in a Tampa suburb. “I can’t believe it. You did the right thing, and I’m just disgusted.”
In June, the commission voted 4 to 3 to keep the statue, but was ultimately overruled.
The removal, which took place on Tuesday, was the culmination of a bitter, months-long battle over the fate of the 106-year-old marble sculpture, which has stood in front the courthouse since 1952.
Watch the video, embedded below:
— Ryan Hughes (@WFLARyan) September 7, 2017