Press Release: 10/16/2011
Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Calls for Hate-Crimes prosecution for Perpetrators of Monument Vandalism
Contact: Commander Jim England- email@example.com
Contact: Clint E. Lacy – firstname.lastname@example.org 573.208.5916
The Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Southeast Missourian newspaper found at the following URL,
http://www.semissourian.com/story/177254 carried a story about a Cape Girardeau, Mo. Confederate monument being vandalized.
This seemingly isolated incident is one of many that are occurring throughout the South. Monuments honoring veterans who fought for the Confederate States of America have been maligned by politicians on both sides of the aisle as well as media outlets.
Political Correctness has run amok. It has infiltrated our schools and our communities, resulting in the “dumbing down” of our students, our citizens, our family, friends and neighbors and the end result is ignorance, the latest display of which happens to be the vandalizing of a monument to soldiers from Cape Girardeau County and Southeast Missouri who gave their lives for their homes, their families, their ideals and their country.
The 1964 Federal Civil Rights Law, 18 U.S.C.§ 245(b)(2), permits federal prosecution of anyone who “willingly injures, intimidates or interferes with another person, or attempts to do so, by force because of the other person’s race, color, religion or national origin”
The Missouri Sons of Confederate Veterans strongly condemns the vandalizing of veterans monuments and calls for the swift prosecution of those who perpetrate these types of acts as hate crimes.