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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - A video of a man's profanity-laced rant to two protesters of a Confederate statue is the latest portrait of polarized politics in America.
Tracie and Jeremy Parzen, a couple from Orange, Texas, were picketing the Confederate Memorial of the Wind over the weekend when a stranger approached them angrily. Tracie tells the man she's recording him as he starts to yell at them.
This is the apparent brand new monument.— Jesus Christ- H Deus (@JC884494) November 13, 2018
The Confederate Memorial of the Wind is a nearly-completed memorial to the Confederate States of America and the Texas regiments of the Confederate Army. It began construction on private land in 2013 in Orange, Texas. pic.twitter.com/psWnJFGRDK
"You damn dumba** Democrats!" the man says in the video. He then says they're destroying America's "heritage" and they don't deserve to be in the country. As he walks away, he tells them he'd feel better if Democrats would go to hell.
"Jesus loves you," Tracie tells him.
"I know," the man says. "Jesus f***ing hates you."
The couple shared the video to YouTube, where it so far has upwards of 50,000 views; local media coverage has elevated it even more.
The Parzens are part of a protest group working to repurpose the memorial so it reflects history in remembrance rather than celebration.
"Our protest isn’t about history or heritage. It’s about displaying socially unacceptable iconography so publicly (and in manner that makes it appear an “official” representation of the community)," the group said. "It’s about flying the Confederate flag over one of the gateways of a community that is half black. Many of the residents of Orange — white and black — are old enough to remember Jim Crow there. Even more of them are old enough to remember the racist terrorism there in the 1980s and '90s. Too many of them know all to well about the racist aggression that still exists there today."
The man in the video has not been identified publicly.