🙅 There are more than 30 Confederate monuments in Florida.
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🙅 There are more than 30 Confederate monuments in Florida.

Victor Jiames was one of a couple hundred at last night’s vigil in Bayfront Park for the victims in Charlottesville.
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It was hard to follow the news this weekend, but it was also hard to turn away. Nothing in the past couple months could have prepared most of us for the display of hatred that went down in Charlottesville.

But it’s all around us here, too.

Florida has more than 30 Confederate monuments throughout the state. One NAACP leader who is trying to get one in Lee County dismantled told us that he’s bracing for death threats as his campaign ramps up. (This is our roundup of all the monuments standing today, and what’s being done to take them down.)

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 63 hate groups in the state. Five of those are Miami-based. They’ve got them classified by type: neo-Nazi, white nationalist, racist skinhead, Ku Klux Klan, black separatist, anti-LGBT, and even just “general hate.”

A couple months ago, white nationalists crashed a Broward racial justice training institute. Organizer Lutze Segu wrote about it for us.

She told us that when the intruders first walked into the room, she wondered if this was going to be the next Charleston church shooting – and started looking for the exits. Her column was a call for everyone to wake up to the prevalence of white supremacy today.

“Miami is a beautiful place to live. There is no city like it. However, it is a young city that is still waking up to social justice and it is also a city firmly planted in the South, a truth we tend to forget,” she wrote.

Confederate monuments. Hate groups roosting in our city. White nationalists crashing workshops on tolerance and justice.

We hope we stop forgetting.

Last night about 200 people gathered in Bayfront Park for a vigil in memory of those killed in Charlottesville this weekend standing up to hate and trying to keep the peace. It’s a start.

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