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Black lawmaker: I was called 'monkey' at Hollywood protest to change Confederate street signs

Jones Shevrin@PatriciaMazzei

A black state legislator says he was called a "nigger" and a "monkey" Wednesday by pro-Confederates who want Hollywood to keep three roads named after Confederate generals, including one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan.

Rep. Shevrin Jones, a West Park Democrat, tweeted Wednesday that he was also told "to go back where I came from" at a protest outside Hollywood City Hall that resulted in the arrest of five people who interrupted a commission meeting. The board was not taking up the street names.

Pro-Confederate counter-protesters apparently showed up at the rally, leading to the incident recounted by Jones.

Jones wrote that he attended to protest to take down the signs, which run through the predominantly black Hollywood neighborhood of Liberia. The demonstration was organized in part by the Black Lives Matter movement and local pastors.

Lee Street is named after Gen. Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Hood Street is named after Gen. John B. Hood, a division commander at the Battle of Antietam. Forrest Street is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a lieutenant general said to be the first Grand Wizard of the KKK, though Forrest later denied he held the position.

Jones' tweets are worth reading in full:

Photo credit: Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times

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