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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A white flag could be seen hanging from a Confederate statue on 3rd Street Tuesday evening.

Andrew Bopes says he put it there because he doesn’t understand why it’s still displayed.

(Photo: Andrew Bopes/Facebook)

Bopes said he lives and works downtown and has to walk by it everyday. “It doesn’t have too much of an affect on me except my empathy,” Bopes said. “There is no context as to why it’s displayed. It’s a participation trophy for someone on the wrong side of history. It needed some context and the white surrender flag gives it context. A war was fought here and this stuff happened, but the white flag gives it context.”

Since it was first displayed this afternoon, it has been removed a few times. Bopes says he continues to put it back up when taken down.

Chris Dobrusky, a neighbor who has been taking the white flag down, disagrees with Bopes.

“You don’t need to deface the statue,” Dobrusky said. “There’s a lot going on in our nation right now, and this could cause things to escalate in this area, and we don’t need that to happen. And this person who keeps putting up the flag has his reasons for it, and his ideas, but I told him he can just go through the proper channels. If he doesn’t want that statue there then he can call his congressman and he can see about getting it taken down. But he doesn’t need to keep climbing up there and taping a white flag to the gun. There’s no reason for that and it’s not his property to do so, and there’s just no reason for that right now.”

Wilmington Police were called to the scene of the statue on Tuesday night and arrived just as the flag was being taken down again.

As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night there was no flag placed on the statue.


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  • L.E. Johnson

    “There is no context as to why it’s displayed. It’s a participation trophy for someone on the wrong side of history. It needed some context and the white surrender flag gives it context. A war was fought here and this stuff happened, but the white flag gives it context.”

    Sure sounds an awful lot like “might makes right,” Mr. Bopes. That’s not very “liberal” of you, but, then again, who ever said liberals were consistent in their beliefs?

  • Brian Alercia

    So many people so oppressed by an inanimate statue of a dead man. Looks like Wilmington will be the next city to be torn apart by an army of statues. Or everyone could grow a pair and get on with your lives. Don’t let a statue be your oppressor. You’re stronger than that ILM. If you really want to dememorialize former slavers take every piece of currency out of your wallet and tear it up. You’re carrying around portraits of fomer slavers with you everywhere you go. Let’s see who really has conviction on the issue. Let’s see those shredded notes.

  • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

    “he doesn’t understand why it is still being displayed” you know what? his ignorance is HIS problem not mine-maybe he should take the dam rag and go clean up some of the spray paint on other memorials that would be a help

  • VoiceOfReason

    Let’s take slavery and racism out of the conversation for a minute and what’s left of the conversation about the Confederacy? A collection of states who rejected the United States of America in a violent revolution. Call it for what it is – TREASON.

    Defend that.

  • John

    Bring back the Smith Creek Parkway

  • Don Adkins

    Take it down and the we can take that 1898 crap down and haul it to the dump…..

  • Chance

    Wilmington’s part in the civil war which took the life of more young men than any other war in our history isn’t summed up in a few monuments. The port and buildings that surround them are all part of this history, and yes, slave labor as well as freemen built the town on which is now a thriving and large part of tourism for this community in which we all benefit from is because of the wonderful downtown area. The same people we have enshrined in monuments are the same people that were part of the earliest success and growth of this city. If you cant deal with the statue then you shouldn’t be able to set foot in the downtown area, knowing how and with whom they were constructed. Many people were enslaved in one way or another, south mostly black and in the north you had indentured slaves in the Irish and Italians that were forced to live ghettos and work long dangerous hours for next to nothing to build the roads and cities that are deemed to be our morel compass these days. The Melon’s and Carnegie’s became the wealthiest people on the planet because of their abusive ways and exploration of the majority of immigrants that came to this country looking for a better life. These men have statues and buildings named after them, could you walk by them daily without concern? This country isn’t the same as it was then and everyone has the resources to better themselves and yes, some great men in history have made some bad choices but understanding the time these choices were made they might not have felt that way. I feel that as city and country, we have learned from them, but when history looks back on us will they same the same?

  • BlackSam

    Where does this guy work downtown?

    • guest45

      good question

  • Robert B. Lewis

    These liberals won’t be happy until Fort Fisher is destroyed. No more history for Wilmington.

  • Dave Israel

    Let there be a statue of Nate Turner in your neighborhood or Downtown “Old Wilmington” pre 1998. Hope that answer your innocent question

    • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

      you must be referring to the murderous Nat Turner-my ex-girlfriend’s mother had a silver spoon that belonged to the woman who prayed to God on her knees while he chopped off her head;she had been his mistress(no not that kind of mistress!)the woman was my girlfriend’s mothers great great grandmother,her initials were on the spoon

  • guest45

    If one statue comes down, then ALL the statues in this country need to follow!

    • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

      no we should all put more UP!

  • Chuck Sharpe

    Its all Bush’ fault!! Ha

  • Eddie

    Where were you a year ago.?a week ago?. This all starts because of others trying to cleanse history. Amazing.

    • pyronite

      1.) Cleansing history is not what this is about.
      2.) The white flag is historically accurate to the history of the confederacy.

      I have thought about this statue for years while driving downtown. Of course what’s happening around the nation is the impetus for this now. But a “Daughters of the Confederacy” statue downtown is shameful. Governor Cooper said it well:

      > I don’t pretend to know what it’s like for a person of color to pass by one of these monuments and consider that those memorialized in stone and metal did not value my freedom or humanity. Unlike an African-American father, I’ll never have to explain to my daughters why there exists an exalted monument for those who wished to keep her and her ancestors in chains.

      • Heimie Schmelter

        If you ever do need to explain, you can begin by stating that slavery was brought to the U.S., before it WAS the U.S., by the British, French and the Dutch. They went to Africa and paid tribal leaders to supply those that didn’t know how to escape being caught. Slave ships wrecked in storms have left these descendants on most all of the Caribbean islands.
        Then you can explain that the Great Pyramids of Gaza, The Great Wall of China, the Taj-Mahal and even the Mayan cities and pyramids were all built by slaves thousands of years ago, just to mention a very few.
        Portions of Africa, India and the middle east still have a slave culture to this very day, to include their women as a basis. This is a starter class for you. You can go miles from there. You can finalize your teaching by telling her that this behavior was abandoned over a century ago here and never to return. However, with the behavior that has been witnessed over the last few weeks, a new civil war is NOT out of the question!

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        the first slaves here weren’t black anyway

      • Eddie

        I understand that one of many of the Flags designs was with a white background, that is not what this was about though. Here’s in Washington the left is already targeting the Jefferson Memorial and Washington’s statues anywhere. The left is trying to erase the history that they actually started. KKK was a democratic organization. Democrats did not want slaves to be let each time the Republicans tried to set laws that would set them free. You cannot erase history. If they want to then the Holocaust museum must be closed. All monuments must be torn down. The extreme left also wants to halt free speech. You think I’m kidding, no, not at all. They want speech not have any negative words used that might make people feel uncomfortable. AKA No Pledge of Allegiance in schools.

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        the Stainless Banner is the flag you are referring to-the Second National flag,which was white with an Army of Northern Virginia battle flag in the canton

      • guest45

        Governor Cooper is nothing but a panderer, he will say anything and do anything for a VOTE, period, he could care less about the normal person on the street, just the “vote”, he is the person that thinks it is fine to put a “pervert” in the bathroom with your daughter, so what Cooper has to say about an historical statue has no bearing on what the majority or the public wants unless he is willing to put it up for a vote, and if he were to do so this discussion would be over.

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        a pandering POS, these Republicans need to be replaced;political correctness won’t heal this country or get my vote

      • Heimie Schmelter

        Hey Mike…Gov. Ray Cooper is a democrat….

      • guest45

        there is no wonder this state is so screwed up

        you just can’t make this stuff up, he did get the POS right though

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        i disagree,but that is what is wonderful about our country -we can do that;from what i have seen your side just wants to tear down not build up,apparently unable to learn history’s lessons;in early days in Nazi Germany the first thing they did was take down the old statuary

    • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

      right beginning with Nikki Haley’s ice cream cone in the forehead moment after the massacre of those 9 parishioners at the AME church-it was entirely inappropriate to abrogate the 2000 agreement about that flag that had been removed already from the capitol dome to the grounds nearby-that flag had nothing to do with the sicko Dylann Roof and what he did

  • Annonymous

    Ridiculous and stupid…the ignorance of people…no matter what you do or complain about it does not and will not change history…people need to grow up and stop complaining about statues…I swear if people aren’t complaining about one thing it’s another. ..first it was the confederate flag now the statues …what’s going to be next. ..somebody needs to put a stop to these stupid ignorant people

    • Ev Hervey

      Brave words “Annonymous”, from someone hiding behind a blank avatar. LOL

      • Don Adkins

        Here I said it….Ridiculous and stupid…the ignorance of people…no matter what you do or complain about it does not and will not change history…people need to grow up and stop complaining about statues…I swear if people aren’t complaining about one thing it’s another. ..first it was the confederate flag now the statues …what’s going to be next. ..somebody needs to put a stop to these stupid ignorant people

      • John Mauck

        No, he’s just smart given the violence coming from the ‘tolerant’ leftists.

      • Mike Kszaszcz

        I agree with anonymous

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        as do i

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        whether or not Annonymous is brave has nothing to do with the truth of his/her words

    • ringmod76

      Counterpoint: history won’t disappear if these statutes do (you might have heard of books, though honestly I’m guessing part of the problem is you reflexive right-wing neo-confederates don’t ever read any). What will disappear is a visible reminder of traitors who fought to maintain the right to own other human beings – reminders that were almost entirely put in place during Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras as defiant reminders of white supremacy.

      Do concentration camps feature statues of SS soldiers? Should we have a statue to Sherman in Atlanta? No? Then why do we have monuments to racist traitors across our country? Put them in a museum, with contextual reminders of who these people were (racist traitors) and the fact that they lost a war fought for the purpose of maintaining slavery.

      • J. Keith Jones

        The books will be their next targets.

      • michael32853hutson@yahoo.com

        because they were not all racist and by their lights they certainly were not traitors,were we traitors when we seceded from England when British tyranny grew to onerous and oppressive? a member of my family signed South Carolina IN to the Union in 1787(Articles of Confederation,predecessor to the Constitution) and a direct ancestor of mine signed us out in 1860,having drafted the Ordinance of Secession as he happened to be a Charleston lawyer there at the time-the convention for secession wan not held at the capital,Columbia because of fever

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