A Confederate statue in White Point Garden in Charleston, S.C. 
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Graffiti bearing the message "Black Lives Matter" has turned up on a memorial dedicated to the "Confederate Defenders of Charleston" who died at South Carolina's Fort Sumter, Yahoo News reports. This comes days after a shooting rampage at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., by a gunman who has been photographed with a Confederate flag, reigniting a national debate over symbols of the Confederacy, including the banner displayed on the grounds of South Carolina's Statehouse.

According to the report, bright-red spray paint with the popular slogan was discovered near the base of the statue; another side got the message "This is the problem #Racist." 

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City workers covered the graffiti with tarp, according to the Associated Press. Although authorities don't know who is responsible for the graffiti, a police spokesman said the matter would be investigated and the monument cleaned.

Yahoo News noted that the monument, erected in 1932 in White Point Garden, is less than 2 miles away from Emanuel AME.  

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Barry Tighe from Code Pink told news station WCIV that he and his associates were returning to Washington, D.C., after attending a memorial service on Sunday when they spotted the graffiti. Tighe created his own sign with the message "Take down racist statues."

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"There's nothing divisive or violent about saying, 'Take down that evil symbol,' " he said. "This is a divisive statue, not our argument to take this down."

Not everyone agreed with such reasoning, however. Charleston native Xavier Rosado fashioned a sign that read, "All lives matter #CharlestonUnited." 

"If you're not here to help Charleston, pray for Charleston, bring Charleston together, then why are you here?" Rosado told the news station. "We're trying to bring Charleston together. … We don't need people like [Tighe] breaking it apart." 

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