OXFORD, Miss. — The confederate statue in the middle of the Ole Miss campus was vandalized Saturday in broad daylight.
Police have charged an Ole Miss grad with felony defacing public property.
According to Arielle Hudson, she started the gofundme account to raise bail for Zachary Borenstein because of the stance he took against the statue.
Hudson is African American.
She co-authored the student resolution to move the statue.
Bornestein, who is Jewish, has publicly compared the statue to a Nazi statue.
Saturday, he allegedly spray-painted “spiritual genocide” on the confederate monument.
Hudson spoke to us by phone about helping raise Bornstein’s bail.
“I knew that it was registered as a national landmark, so that means he could possibly be facing felony charges and be very expensive, and I wanted to help him out,” she said.
The gofundme page had a picture of the vandalism Borenstein is accused of.
“I thought that he made a very strong stand against racism and against oppression and white supremacy, and I don’t necessarily condone vandalism or destruction of property, but I understand the message, and I thought it was very strong,” Hudson said.
The vandalism comes amid protests across the country for racial justice.
Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce addressed the issue in a statement Sunday that read in part:
“This is a time for change. For me, that means moving the monument away from the center of our campus. That monument has divided this campus, and the process of its removal from the circle is one i am committed to seeing through to completion. There is more to do, but this needs to happen.”
The final decision on the move lies with Mississippi’s Institute of Higher Learning.
FOX13 reached out to the IHL for comment but have not heard back.
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